In a City Made of Seaweed
Double Sonnenizio on Two Lines by Ilya Kaminsky*
In a city made of seaweed we danced on a rooftop, my hands
were slippery dancers, your body a love-flung shorebreak
arched at the hips. Now a city of sand slips beneath us too, castle
rooftops battered by the tide’s foamy tentacles: such trembly aggressors,
such lurchers of reclamation. We scrawl our story in lines
of seaweed cursive. One lover is a dollop of oyster, the other
a mother-of-pearl cradle, we cling tight as the dance-floor shifts.
Such stubbornness flings us through a city of kelp; it’s complicated
among the olive pods. Stubborn love is like a leatherjacket, that tough city
swaggerer, or a porcupine fish filled with air–you suck up what the ocean hands
you, whether krill, or squid’s black ink. The seabed is a rooftop, our story
made for flight: streaming from our gills in stubborn recklessness
these words of love are little bubbles, dancing, rising on a dare.
Such is the story made of stubbornness and a little air.
*First and last lines are by Ilya Kaminsky.
from Autumn Sky Poetry 7 — by Dave Rowley
Photo by Christine Klocek-Lim