Gabriel Arquilevich

In Issue 7 on July 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Robert Penn Warren’s Caribou

Because all day I see them
before the great forest

in the shadow-white snow,
more promise than place,

I want to wake my wife
and tell her how happy I am.

But there are no words
for the twilight beyond

memory, the glade
outside of time, the destiny

the caribou inhabit.
I cannot wake her

to describe it, but I know
we are one: time is a dream

we are sleeping in.
The caribou are gathered

at its end.


Gabriel Arquilevich‘s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in MARGIE, Notre Dame Review, 2River, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Rhino, and others. “All of It” was nominated for a Pushcart from Rhino. He is the author of World Religions, a textbook for junior high and high school students (TCM).


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