A light cuffs my face.
My skin falls
to deadly tones of blue.
Like waves of ocean
devour the sand,
it washes me away.
Its shadow
trails
from my spine.
I carry it
like a worn woman lugs
the dead weight
of her bones,
turning them
gray.
It pierces me
and I become as still
as a wolf’s prey.
I wait
in this light.

Emily Rabinowitz’s “Melancholia” won first prize in 2015 in the Third Annual School of Visual Arts Writing Program Contest. She is a junior majoring in Photography. She has this to say about herself: “I am from Long Island, New York, and have always written poetry as a means of comprehension. To put it metaphorically, I paint with words.”