August Poetry Feature: Unknown

By: Zippy Spanjer  |  August 31, 2020

who knows
By Zippy Spanjer

Each month, the YU Observer sends a call to YU students for poetry submissions following a specific theme. This month, the theme was ‘Unknown’, and we are featuring Zippy Spanjer’s piece, ‘who knows’. Other submissions of honorable mention have been published as well.

There’s a stained-glass window, a mirror, a wall,

a mosaic perhaps

who knows

Not us. It has been

years since

it was clean

And the colors and the patterns and the artist’s design



beneath years of accumulated grime, dirt, dust

chips and cracks

who knows

The window in the woods it lies

In the ruins in the woods

the ruins of a castle, a manor, a cottage

who knows

It’s dirty and dusty and grimy and musty and

beautiful under the layers of time.

There’s a girl in the woods she lies

alone, lost, abandoned,

who knows

Are they the same woods? Are they others? Which would make a better narrative?

Who knows?

She’s wandering, wandering, on and on

her shoes are tattered, her boots are new, her feet are bare

who knows

She’s seeking solace, answers, friends, a name

Who knows

She’s wandering, wandering, on and on

If she finds the window, the ruins, the wall

Will she see the beauty?

Who knows?

Do you want to see your writing published? The theme for September’s poetry submissions is “Epiphany.” Send all submissions to by September 18.

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Photo source: Aliza Leichter