—after Lucille Clifton and Daibai (d. 1841)

You cannot tell regret
not to, nor explain its taste;
but while I was in the middle of the night,
I came upon its table set with steaming bowls
and platters filled.

Karen Neuberg is a Brooklyn-based poet. Her full length collection, Pursuit, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books. Her latest chapbook is the elephants are asking (Glass Lyre Press, 2018). She is associate editor of the online poetry journal, First Literary Review-East.