Waterscape – Ray Ball
Mama brushes watercolor onto paper Two remembrances of trees each like a beaten reed, the way a scroll embraces prayers for the dead She is painting the beach at Corpus Christi, strokes of blue and gray where the clouds and water meet Pebbles, crushed shells, and driftwood rest amidst white foam She reflects a child’s toy dump truck momentarily abandoned in the receding water God’s body is everywhere— each gull’s beak and feathers, each wave crashing ashore, each particle of sand, each molecule of paint
Ray Ball is the author of the chapbooks Tithe of Salt (Louisiana Literature, 2019) and Lararium (Variant Lit, 2020) and an editor at Coffin Bell and Juke Joint. Her poems and flash fiction have appeared in descant, Ellipsis Zine, Glass, Waccamaw, and elsewhere.
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