the shadowbox’s hinge creaks

it holds a collection of czech months,

reverence of the sickle and the

smell of wheat

we do not speak of cycles that repeat by lunar lines

each swing of the arm

reverberates down our spine anew

— august ends and the deer begin to mate

Tariq Adely is a writer and literary translator based in Providence, Rhode Island. His translations of contemporary Peruvian poetry have appeared in Aldus, a Journal of Translation.