I was the hungrier of the two.
We found something to eat, something to wear
over our ragged coats.
She fed again.
She grew in muscle, she grew
I got hungrier and hungrier.
I chewed the trees like bones, I ate their meat.
She forgot me, she let me go.
Out of the water comes something to eat.
Out of the strong, something sweet.
~ Aditi Machado
Aditi Machadoâ€™s poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The New England Review, LIES/ISLE, High Chair, and elsewhere. Her chapbook â€˜The Robing of the Brideâ€™ appears from Dzanc Books (2013). She is the Poetry Editor at Asymptote Journal. She is from Bangalore, India, but currently lives in Denver, USA.Â
Editor’s note: The poem’s title is taken from a line in The Hawk in the Rain by Ted Hughes (Faber & Faber, 1957). The final couplet condenses Judges 14: 14.
‘Two Wolves, Come Separately to a Wood’ appears in Aditi Machado’s first chapbook, ‘The Robing of the Bride’ (Dzanc Books). Reprinted here with kind permission of the poet.