On Moving to a Desert
Will you miss the sea? someone asks.
What -- how it ate away my edges,
how it used my hollow places to store its salt?
I never think of it, I say, fingering
pebbles from this arroyo, abandoned
since the Pleistocene, and a wave breaks over my head,
a surface turns from glass to rage,
a white sound wells up as undertow,
setting my pulse back, and back, and back.
Confessed or not, the sea covers me.
Who can miss what’s swallowed?
About the author:
Michele Leavitt’s audio chapbook of poems from the hepatitis C epidemic, Virus Conversations, went live in August of 2014 at www.eatwords.net . Her book-length poetry collection, Back East, won the inaugural Michael Macklin First Book Prize and was published by Moon Pie Press in 2013. Other works of poetry and prose appear, or are forthcoming, in venues including North American Review, Guernica, So to Speak, and Mezzo Cammin, A high school dropout, hepatitis C survivor, and former trial attorney, she lives in North Florida.