Switched-on Gutenberg Vol. 6, No. 2
Wish You Were Here

A sooty, ragged front crosses the noon sun
and in the sudden dusk boats pitch toward their berths,
waiters wrestle with umbrellas
and waves, gale-whipped to triumphant pitch,
explode along the harbor wall—

I rush out among the edges of wind and rain,
jagged as the silhouette of the Apennines
visible just moments ago on the western horizon
but the lightning
runs further from its thunder
and the storm blows itself inland.

The breeze is cold now
and you are too far away to warm me.
I walk around the point
and find on the seawall a sponge as pale
as my coat, ripped from the underwater rocks.
I let all the live things out of it

except for two tiny green plants, firmly rooted.
It weighs nothing. I will bring it home for us.

Copyright 2004,  Kelly Lenox Allan

Kelly Lenox Allanís work has been published in print and on-line journals, including Gobshite Quarterly, Rattle, Poet Lore, nidus, Switched-on Gutenberg, and Manzanita Quarterly. Her chapbook, Chasms, translations of the Slovene poet Barbara Korun, was published in 2003 by PM Books. Kelly earned an MFA from Vermont College and teaches poetry writing in Portland, Oregon, schools. She is a contributing editor for Hunger Mountain and is editing an anthology of contemporary Slovene poetry.


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