The Garden of Eros is a Watching Place

Variations on a line by Sorina Higgins


The Garden of Eden is a waiting room.
The waiting of the painted is a still palace.
The watching of the pained is an error.
The panting of the weaned is a gratitude.
The parching of the great is a watershed.
The parting of the water is a government.
The plentitude of wells is an evensong.
The pressure of the song is a miracle.
The miracle is a waiting, obviously, but a palace still.


Mischa Willett

Mischa Willett is the author of The Elegy Beta (2020) and Phases (2017) and teaches in the English Department at Seattle Pacific University. His essays, translations, and poems appear widely. More information can be found at

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