“THERE’S NO THROUGH TRAIL” —HAN-SHAN, TRANSLATED BY GARY SNYDER
/ Seascape #112: Whiteness

Seascape #112: Whiteness

by Grey Held

oyster shell bleached clean             sand sculpture of the Pietà                                
any bestial skeleton            Moby Dick              Noah’s  dove                        
God’s faded claims                         broken mens’ room urinal         
my wife’s summer nail polish         polka dots on her tank top      
swoosh on my Nike running shoes        face of my wristwatch       
terrycloth sweat band         life guard tower        parking space
divider  lines cooler than the asphalt lot they were  painted on       
Albino shark at the aquarium     barnacles   part of a flounder
eye outside the iris   butcher paper at the fish mart     waitress 
apron      straw in our piña coladas        napkins      clapboards 
of our bungalow          old-fashioned enamel stove           Ajax    
T-shirt on Mr. Clean beneath the sink                     Kosher salt      
surf board stripes           picket fence                 lettering on the 
Nesting Plovers  sign              flowers of the beach rose                             
certain butterflies                   sticky sap from a milkweed stem                     
the  unabridged                   privilege                      of   my  skin

Grey Held

About Grey Held

Grey Held is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing and winner of the 2019 Future Cycle Poetry Book Prize. Three books of his poetry have been published: Two-Star General (BrickRoad Poetry Press, 2012), Spilled Milk (WordPress, 2013), and WORKaDAY (FutureCycle Press, 2019).  Grey is a literary activist, who through civic involvement connects contemporary poets with wider audiences. www.greyheld.com

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