Melissa Tuckey


Time's Arrow
after Hiroshi Sugimoto

No one will remember
the arsonist
smoking a cigarette and laughing

The child will remember
letters of the alphabet
rising from flames

windows exploding, fire, a whistle,
but who will listen
to ash?


How does history survive?

the language of God
in translation &

inside every mirrored locket
a portrait of the ocean

Melissa Tuckey is author of Rope as Witness (Pudding House, Chapbook). Her poems have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden's Ferrey Review, Poet Lore, Verse Daily and anthologized in Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing. Tuckey has recieved writing fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and DC Commision on Arts and Humanities. She's a graduate of the George Mason University MFA program and Co-Director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival.


Published in Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 2009.


Read more by this author:
Melissa Tuckey: Wartime Issue
Melissa Tuckey: Split This Rock Issue