Seascape #112: Whiteness

by Grey Held Issue: Spring/Summer 2021
oyster shell bleached clean                sand sculpture of the Pietà                                
any bestial skeleton                 Moby Dick                 Noah’s  dove                        
God’s faded claims                                broken mens’ room urinal         
my wife’s summer nail polish            polka dots on her tank top      
swoosh on my Nike running shoes           face of my wristwatch       
terrycloth sweat band           life guard tower         parking space
divider  lines cooler than the asphalt lot they were  painted on       
Albino shark at the aquarium      barnacles     part of a flounder
eye outside the iris    butcher paper at the fish mart     waitress 
apron       straw in our piña coladas         napkins      clapboards 
of our bungalow            old-fashioned enamel stove            Ajax    
T-shirt  on Mr. Clean beneath the sink                       Kosher salt      
surf board stripes            picket fence                  lettering on the 
Nesting Plovers  sign                            flowers of the beach rose                             
certain butterflies                    sticky sap from a milkweed stem                     
the   unabridged                    privilege                       of    my  skin

Grey Held

Grey Held is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing and winner of the 2019 Future Cycle Poetry Book Prize. Three books of his poetry have been published: Two-Star General (BrickRoad Poetry Press, 2012), Spilled Milk (WordPress, 2013), and WORKaDAY (FutureCycle Press, 2019).  Grey is a literary activist, who through civic involvement connects contemporary poets with wider audiences.