KÜBLER-ROSS | Schneider K. Rancy


there was despair :
I thought
I would drown & choke
on my own tears, thought
my tongue would burn
with their perditious salt

Then came
rage : violent
the way waves devour
each other, the way
Jacob wrestled
with an Angel at Peniel,
pinning back
Its glorious downy wings
so that he might
break Its back –

so I wrestled
with my soul ( if
it truly shimmers
there, beneath the skin
) & so I wrestled
with God

The rage
has not quite

nor has

the despair .


Schneider K. Rancy is a Haitian-American graduate of Columbia University, where he studied English and Comparative Literature and Biology. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia New Poetry, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Ars Medica, Apogee, The Seventh Wave, and Moko Magazine. His novel Beyond the Baths of Stars was selected as a semi-finalist for Black Lawrence Press’s 2017 The Big Moose Prize and a finalist for the University of New Orleans’ 2017 Publishing Laboratory Contest. He is a medical student in Brooklyn, NY.