Poetry: Elizabeth Kate Switaj’s “Watermarked”

////Poetry: Elizabeth Kate Switaj’s “Watermarked”

Watermarked
Elizabeth Kate Switaj

“Eugenia” by Yulia Terebunskaya

the ocean won’t remember you
from the first time you stepped in its waves
to the depths you dive and the length
your air and deco lines allow
pressure & breath—it’s all about

the ocean has no memory
for legs & hair & mind

and yet your ripples
bend and bend and turn the fish
who bend the surge and tide

unless you break the coral
your touch is undetectable
in waters with no memory
of you
and still you shape all salt that follows you
and we

shimmy into wetsuits against this cold

 

 

About the writer:
Elizabeth Kate Switaj is the Chair of Liberal Arts at the College of the Marshall Islands. She holds a PhD in English from Queen’s University Belfast and has taught in Japan and China. Her first collection, Magdalene & the Mermaids, is published by Paper Kite Press, and her poems have recently appeared in Hawaii Review, Corium Magazine, and Figure 1.

Image: “Eugenia” by Yulia Terebunskaya. Oil on canvas. 18″ H x 24″ W.

 

By | 2018-04-22T15:34:22+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Poetry|