strobium – Shriram Sivaramakrishnan
ancient slippage[⸻]the light decay between farsea and a tide pool pleating into my imperfect gaze[⸻]ebbfroths that suncribbles defy and kelpcables that defy sunscribbles for[⸻]now[⸻]in this cove [⸻]nant of shingles[⸻]slices of elephant seals doze next to slices elephant-sealed on the sand[⸻]a bull buffers to his bae in a hymnody of gutpuns[⸻]oblivious to us spangled on sans-serifed boulders[⸻]when i scream i only hear my heartbeat [⸻]errorizing [⸻]errorising preen of a strobe there is a way out[⸻]this is a saltbarrel for the wind wishing[⸻]a turn[⸻]at persistent absences between rows of quartz teeth[⸻]like soda caps scooped out[⸻]i spot an estranged kelp bulb a 7mm Allen wrench a white heron the sound[⸻]of waves till the sound hits the waves[⸻]hit aquifered orogenies[⸻]ancient spillage
Shriram Sivaramakrishnan graduated from Boise State University’s MFA program in May 2022. Some of his recent poems have appeared in Rivulet, DIAGRAM, among others. He tweets at @shriiram.
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