Sea Could Be

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, just therexx where we let loose
a mother’s ashes

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxparty of gullsxx float, scatteredxx and
spackling

the particle wave ~ ( nature repeats

herself ) up close

birds arexx folded paper ^ ^ fingers
bend and sealxx curves

form a wafer
inx a xpocket

from this distance
bits ofxx bone , . . , , , .. . , .. . body  boats

orxx ifxx there were   firexxxx or pipexx from which

cinder might

but the sky is emptyxxx sea ,, unmarked
axx wake
in thexx cross

of motorboatsxx sailboatsxx an under-the-glass life
tugs

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xxxxxxxafter her mother
enters the envelope,,xx the daughter saysx :

death is axxx magic

+ + +  I don’t want

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxto disturb
her slender sea-kelp palmsxxx rise

(w/ kin-dread-nessxx inside )

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treading water she says , . . , , this is where mommy is
 
 

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O h O h !x we cry ,,xxx gulls yulp xxandxx caw

wrinkled cliff-faces shifttxx \ |xx tilt

&xxxx seaxxx moveSxx biggerxx than our bobbing heads, ,xx our balletic

Shiva bodies §   octopusxxx limbs

gulls

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxspiral

arielxx scarvesxxxx & xxxxcertain stars.

Her spaciousnessxxx rises ^ ^ ^ “ ` passesxx through

veilsxxxx + xxpirouettesxxxx in multiple

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx it-
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxerasions .

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxit-
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxerasions .

One of the gulls shits
on your niece , ,xx her kneexxxx & every one xxshouts

xxxxxxxxxGood luck ! It meansxx good luck !

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motor boat floats into the floatillaxxxx how is it
bone birds ignore it ?
how is it xxonly a fewxx fly ~ ?

one gull skims . .., . close toxx the face ofxx glass, eyesxx urchins , sea
trout , , ,xx miniature trees , , weeds of underwater rock, their fossilized  faces
encrustedxx fans and palmsxx , her mother’sxxx trace

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