This selection, chosen by Guest Curator H.V. Cramond, is from The Water Cycle by Variant Lit in 2022.
Night is thicker here, honeysuckled & pining: I pack the
wine, the whiskey, the songs, wet orange leaves stuck to my shoes & the shovel I
never leave behind. Sunscreen forgotten in your car from our road trip
to the coast. Water was everywhere that summer, windows & steeples
disappearing while families gathered in boats & clung to doors. Two
years later the clover is blooming like a dusting of unexpected snow
& all I can recall is that I could not feel my body when I floated in the
Mississippi Bay, my ears filled with turtle hymns & last year’s hurricane.