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I would like to swim in the Atlantic,
to swim with someone who understood
why my fear of drowning plays less dire
than my fear of bones, walking the ocean floor.
I would like to sync my stroke with a beloved.
I’d like to stand on deck on a boat
and jump in the sea and say, follow me,
and know you would. The sea is cold
and it’s deep, too, I’d joke,
standing at the edge of the boat’s bow.
A wind breathes across the sea,
joining gently the edges of time.
With a dog paddling behind me,
I want to crawl across the water
without thinking about a future.
I have set my eyes upon the shore
and I hold you there—steady, in focus—
but let you go when, from below,
a voice breaks to the surface.
|September 02, 2010||Cracked Ice||Julie Sheehan|
|September 01, 2010||Unjust Praise||Ghirmai Yohannes|
|August 31, 2010||I Pack Her Suitcase with Sticks, Light the Tinder, and Shut the Lid||Rob Schlegel|
|August 30, 2010||What the Last Evening Will Be Like||Edward Hirsch|
|August 29, 2010||At the round earth's imagined corners (Holy Sonnet 7)||John Donne|
|August 28, 2010||Come Slowly—Eden (211)||Emily Dickinson|
|August 27, 2010||Renewal [Excerpt]||Chris Abani|
|August 26, 2010||Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour||Wallace Stevens|
|August 25, 2010||The Gaffe||C. K. Williams|
|August 24, 2010||View from a Temporary Window||Joanie Mackowski|