Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Texas Coast beneath Crescent Moon

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Texas Coast beneath Crescent Moon

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The crisp, uncompromising lights of offshore rigs

perforate the horizon, dividing the black sky

from the blacker sea, while the great jellyfish

of Galveston basks luminescent under the stars.

Where the dark sand of the withdrawn water

slides into the sea, white ropes of foam

roll up the shore's skin, and lines of tangled

seaweed shiver in the gusts of the fishy wind.

The gray cloud-rags drag themselves across

the dark, and our thoughts, too, trawl among the stars,

hauling in the drifted-away notions

of eons of ocean-gleanings and night musings.

The great, warm animal of the planet is raked by horizontals,

stroked from side to side by the neap and flood of tides.

Where water seeks its depth, the earth's rotation coils it

into whirlpools, from Gulf depression to washbasin drain.

The world-beast hold us close, so that we lie

on the resisting sand without fear of floating off,

though Scorpio rears up on the curl of his extravagant tail

and satellites coast between the still-seeming stars. …

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