- Sarah Van Arsdale
April 5, 2022
Updated: Apr 7, 2022
The sea’s a patient animal
glittering and oddly still out past
where the breakers heave and spill.
She’s a glossy-headed seal
the cap of her golden head
shimmering as the wet stones
scattered on the sand.
Hand over hand, she swims
through the tangled sea-stuff, the wing kelp
and the bladderwrack.
She swims out farther than I’d ever dare
to the plateau where it’s just the swells
until there’s nothing but her own breath,
the water-rhythm and the harsh blue glare.