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.