...the sea deep as love.
-Mary Ruefle, “Rain Effect”
Because the blue and green of it
Because I’ve opened my mouth
to the salt and it tastes almost
like midnight or a wound. Because
I will fall faster and lighter and
farther where there is no barrier reef
but that’s not the sticking point.
See how sea enjoys a spirit of silence
in its eels, its starfish. Because.
One poet dared to write the sea cold as
love and knew I would ponder what
she meant: how the choices are few
for all who ignore women in revolution.
an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
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