Dacha by Olga Rukovets



We were trying
to get to Narnia.


The four of us,
pressed for time,
huddled in a wardrobe


in upstate New York
where we spent summers
away from parents
and stuffy Brooklyn.


We were mad
when the world
wouldn’t move us


and we passed blame
around like table salt.


Our grandmas sat in the other room
in floral robes as fitted as hospital gowns
and discussed our appetites.Soon, they would call us back

to the old world
for dinner.

Olga Rukovets is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Florida. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in Passages North (forthcoming), Jelly Bucket5X5Mixed FruitOpium MagazineThe Fiddleback, and elsewhere.


"Dacha" was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Peseroff Prize. Judge Jill McDonough admired "the quick time and space travel, vividly sketching a recurring moment from a real, felt childhood in just a few lines."


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