What Do We Plant

What Do We Plant What do we plant when we plant the tree? We plant the ship, which will cross the sea. We plant the mast to carry the sails; We plant the planks to withstand the gales - The keel, the keelson, the beam, the knee; We plant the ship when we plant the... Continue Reading →

Signals

Signals At the end of our last visit, I waved as the car slowed away from the curb, and Dad waved back—straightened in his wheelchair where he’d parked it at the living room’s picture window, and raised both arms and moved them like a signalman wielding invisible flags on a ship’s sinking deck. With a... Continue Reading →

Photograph

Photograph The family pontoon attempts to usurp dominant contrast though your twin brother sticks out his chest like a gangster— your father’s fedora slopes too close to his nose. Straight as the safety railing, your older brother locks hands on hips. He manages a squint for the camera. The boat blushes mimosa pink to be... Continue Reading →

Whales

Whales Whales lived under our house making the hinges rock, splitting cups and cheeks. Stray socks melted in their comb-mouths their fins sliced through conversations, we found bones in our cups of tea. Most of the time they just wanted to play bounced against bookshelves, snorted leaks, threw bodies across the room. No one believed... Continue Reading →

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