Girl Who Efficiently Collects Light

by Allison Wilkins

Once she was owl eyes,
sharp at night, staring
straight ahead, searching

for prey.  But she was not
the owl head rotating
almost upside down

or talons, tightly wrapped
around snake scales.
She had no feathers, no

flight. She could blink
and process light. Register
the memory of everything

around her – guide the brain
through woods.  
              She was the eye—wide

open, eerie yellow.
Witness with no means
to cry out in the dark.


Author Bio
Allison Wilkins is an Assistant Professor of English and Associate Editor of the James Dickey Review at Lynchburg College… More >


  1. Sorry–I can’t resist:

  2. Kelly McQuain says:

    I like the use of enjambment here. Evocative.

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