Kyle Laws’ collections include This Town: Poems of Correspondence with Jared Smith (Liquid Light Press, 2017); So Bright to Blind (Five Oaks Press, 2015); Wildwood (Lummox Press, 2014); My Visions Are As Real As Your Movies, Joan of Arc Says to Rudolph Valentino (Dancing Girl Press, 2013); and George Sand’s Haiti (co-winner of Poetry West’s 2012 award). Faces of Fishing Creek is forthcoming in 2018 from Middle Creek Publishing. With six nominations for a Pushcart Prize, her poems and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. She is the editor and publisher of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press.
Meditation on White, Gray, Red and Black
A gap in exigency across the wall of sand
to tide, I walk to the low, you down the strand
to find an unbroken horseshoe crab. Across wind
I tell you of an exhibit where they are gilded.
Swirl of bay uncovers a dolphin’s sleek skin
off starboard as we ferry to the grave,
churn up ashes leaked from a burial at sea.
Winter berries of holly, a cardinal in flight,
autumn sumac the emergency store of ringed
pheasants, the blood shed with wormwood or gall.
Birds dark in moderation, the gull, the plover,
the red-winged black, no crow call, no raven soar,
moon on vacation in a fortnight’s cheap rental,
we wait for the spill of light under the door.
[image: Northern Cardinal and Red-winged Blackbird | Bob McQuade]