Sarah Wyman/ Some Rings Don’t Want to Make a Line

Stacked sideways, low in the stream

lucky stones transported from the ocean

seem brighter as fresh water rushes over.

Colors come back: umber, amber, char,

but the salt that sanded their contours

is gone in a far-off sea.


Each clutched for luck, small rocks

hold their chiseled, layered shape, their intent

to keep safe the stair step

the doctor’s verdict

the random draw.

But together, underwater, their coordinated bands

streak a line of white down the assembly and suddenly

the form suggests the limit between now and then,

passable and tragedy, sun and rain,

whether you will be here when I return.


Sarah Wyman writes and teaches on verbal / visual intersections and lives in the Hudson Valley where climbing feet kick dust down to a river-sea.  Her work has appeared in Aaduna, Mudfish, Ekphrasis, San Pedro River Review, Potomac Review, Petrichor ReviewChronogramShawangunk ReviewA Slant of Light:  Contemporary Women Poets of the Hudson Valley (Codhill), and other venues. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook  Sighted Stones (2018).

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