Modes of Travel

by Callie Siskel

Like an undressed Torah, the sea
scrolls back layers.
Nothing is kept
secret. We unfurl
the past with every intention
of finding
unity in fragments
as variable as sails. Where wind
blowing from six countries
gathers
in a single basin,
the water
is so weighted it’s like a deadfall trap,
a churning
green chamber.

Floating in the sea with you
left no impression,
nor should it have,
only the aftertaste of salt
and a correlation: we are lighter
than its archives.

 

Callie Siskel is the author of Arctic Revival, selected by Elizabeth Alexander for a 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in A Public Space, Yale Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, Passages North, and other journals.

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