For Jayme

We follow the North Shore tideline

speckled with water-worn glass and

striped zebra mussels, driftwood logs

pressed upon the beach by the lake’s

self-cleansing roil, stamped red-bricks

carried along the strand from the depths

of nineteenth-century Collinwood kilns.

A deep-chested Glaucous Gull, white

as the breakers crashing upon the shoal,

stands in the deep sleep of indifference

as a salt freighter creeps the horizon.

Your beach-brown hair waves wildly

like dune-grass upon the trade winds, like

the tide of blood churning within my chest.

Matthew Schultz is the author of two novels: On Coventry and We, The Wanted. His recent poems appear in Southchild Lit, Warning Lines, and Glitchwords. His prose poem collection is forthcoming from ELJ Editions in May 2022.

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