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Amanda Hawkins holds a MA in theological studies from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Her poetry can be found in Orion, Missouri Review, and Tin House, among others. She lives in Northern California.

Harbor Seal

She did not seem 
            focused 
                        on any one thing.
She swam
            the river
                        dark mottled face 
            above the surface
                        her nose
                                    pointed up stream.
 
            But     then she turned
her face neck     fair
            bare belly
                 to the sky
                        and closed her eyes—
as if to listen   
            or remember
                        or memorize. 
 

Copyright © 2015 by Amanda Hawkins. “Harbor Seal” originally appeared in Watershed Review. Reprinted with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2015 by Amanda Hawkins. “Harbor Seal” originally appeared in Watershed Review. Reprinted with permission of the author.

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins holds a MA in theological studies from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Her poetry can be found in Orion, Missouri Review, and Tin House, among others. She lives in Northern California.

 

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We walked the museum in a stupor, sick.
The photographs, the newspapers,
the lampshade made of sewn skin,
 
the auditorium, monstrous high-gloss paintings,
single faces lit.
 
The metal tree outside a silhouette:
naked bodies falling
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                                        I want the body 
                                blue in its skin
 
to forget 
to tread water in open sea—
 
                                don’t want the drown