“Beneath the Skirt of the Sea”*

“Give me your hand
and I’ll take you down”
—AA Bondy, “Of the Sea”

It’s an AA Bondy
kind of morning.
She’s becoming a boomerang
addict. Everything can go

in reverse.
A beautifully woven
silk scarf, the color
of purest slate,

makes her weep
with desire
for the ocean,
for the fish

she no longer eats.
Cotton fibers add substance
to the want.
It may spill

onto the hatchery floor
till she remembers
she doesn’t wear scarves.
Never could figure out how

to release the salt
back into those waves.

* also from AA Bondy’s song “Of the Sea.”

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