Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Summer 2014

Volume 11 Issue 3



4 AM

By B. Z. Niditch

French bread

resembling a

quarter moon


on the granite table

an hour ago

by the tentative night

The artist

drawn to exhaustion

of a lost landscape

in solitude


by sleeplessness.


By B. Z. Niditch

In the drowsy dawn

our Muse

pleads for sleep

a time to imagine,

for an extra moment

to dream,

any explanation

on watch for

layers of questions

over the couch,

a fast-moving answer

even on your knee

to speak of a first love,

reminders to wish

the birthday candle

will not be smoked

quicker than words

call up the future,

with applause for

an upstaged return

of a music recital

added to the program,

an extra day

of vacation,

more light

for the bonfire,

a full moon

over a passion play,

asking a higher score

for any ball game,

even more chances

to remember

the living.

B.Z. Niditch is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher. His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and ArtThe Literary ReviewDenver QuarterlyHawaii ReviewLe Guepard (France)Kadmos  (France)Prism InternationalJejune (Czech Republic)Leopold Bloom (Budapest),  Antioch Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others.  He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.


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