Of the Deep – a poem by Kyle Laws

Of the Deep
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,
   the lands and those who dwell therein.                               
                                                —Psalm 98     
The sea is woman same as ships sailed upon her
            same as rivers in their course
capricious, changeable, subject only to wind.  
Women in my family gravitate to shores                               
            gather strength from the rhythms
the coming in and going out silent at night  
a deep breath, an exhale, being swept onto sands. 
            Farther down the coast, washed clean 
they call the pebbles diamonds 
even though they were only the clearest quartz.
            It is alchemy mixed with a mind 
that reckons possibilities, knows how to lean 
into the railing as a ship pitches over and down
            a wave as it leaves ocean for river
knows how to rise and fall with the moon.

Kyle Laws is based out of Steel City Art Works in Pueblo, CO where she directs Line/Circle: Women Poets in Performance. Her collections include Uncorseted(Kung Fu Treachery Press, 2020) Ride the Pink Horse (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019), Faces of Fishing Creek (Middle Creek Publishing, 2018), This Town: Poems of Correspondence coauthored with Jared Smith (Liquid Light Press, 2017), So Bright to Blind (Five Oaks Press, 2015), and Wildwood (Lummox Press, 2014). With eight nominations for a Pushcart Prize and one for Best of the Net, her poems and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Germany. She is editor and publisher of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press.

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