Poetry Contest Winning Entry!

in Uncategorized by

The First Bi-Weekly Phoenix Poetry Contest Has A winner! Enjoy the odic musings of Reuben Gelley Newman ‘21


On the Morning of the Lunar Eclipse

your mother hears thrashing

and when she wakes up

looks downstairs, outside:

a rabbit whose feet

were snapped

in rat traps clattering

across grey concrete.

Before you call Animal Rescue,

the rabbit slips

into green:

the beast is unseen,

soft, brown, fleeing

into the garden.


you capture it––snap––

in the black hole

of your phone, curled

like a fetus in a black

net, newly freed

and cradled in the mesh.

The rescuers let it hop

into a cage in their truck,

and they drive off as the sky

begins to darken,

and then you can only see

black, and then, the sun,

it comes back.

The Phoenix is published every Thursday by students of Swarthmore College, except during examination and vacation periods. 1200 copies are distributed each week across the college campus, to the Borough of Swarthmore and to subscribers. The Phoenix is free of charge to Swarthmore students and faculty, limited to one copy per reader.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.