Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

I Am the Mis-Named Island

Susan Niz 

Hurricane waters flood my landlocked childhood home
My mother’s pant legs are soaking to her knees

Panicked, I contemplate timelines
Freeway overpasses and bordering cities, the imminence of rising water

Elegies, eulogies, and posthumous print
Inky smudges on idle fingertips

The water will rise to meet your nose
Regrets will bubble in murky depths

Waterlogged carpets and books that will float from shelves
Thirsty lungs and cavernous souls, poems unwritten

The ocean current is pulsing toward Minnesota
Tides drop in my chest

A sliding away of watery fingers
Amnesiac bonds of jellyfish genealogy

Bone-white shells exposed in peculiar shapes
Poised, glistening in my sand

I am the poem unwritten
I am the watery crypt of a sunken vessel