WIND TELEPHONE

by marjorie stein

 

what is the word for a hand waving

on the wrong side of the horizon —

curling against ocean

they were merely trying to avoid

the less predictable waves —

the plural of water

returned as moon-pull —

what is the word for the color of a wave

when it eclipses a star-stenciled night —

              fingering rotary digits

              of the wind telephone

              she says this grief is fractal

              he answers every bridge has an opposite destination

Marjorie’s work has appeared in The Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, VOLT, zaum, Phoebe, Poetry Motel, Pavement Saw Press, and other publications. Her first book, “An Atlas of Lost Causes,” was published by Kelsey Street Press.

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