On the Island of Recollection. ~ Alexa Mergen

Via Alexa Mergen
on Feb 2, 2014
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On the Island of Recollection

Teach a woman to fish, you have fed her for a lifetime. ~ Proverb

 

The light that day was watery.

The light that day, I remember,

 

was watery. Alison drove the launch

to the reef where we snorkeled.

 

I’d grown through the week into

solitude, stilled as a wading bird.

 

You learn to fish for kindness among

gentler creatures, agree to praise a god

 

on Sundays when offered a seat in the pew.

Holy places all about, there are, there are.

 

My heart too tired to protest. Gifts. This girl loved

my boyfriend, the boyfriend she. A palm tree

 

rattled its fronds and propped my back until

the little plane returned for my knapsack and me.

 

Yes, in a Caribbean archipelago I tipped and

emptied out like rainwater from a rubber boot.

 

You see, that day of watery light, I was young

enough to swim to where the nurse shark napped

 

without a ripple of fear or the urge to look up

at the shadow of the hull anchored above.

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About Alexa Mergen

Alexa Mergen’s poems and articles on poetry appear in numerous journals. She’s a yoga teacher completing a 200-hour training in Sacramento and edits the blog Yoga Stanza.

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