Rachel Epstein


Rosemary -- rosemary front and rosemary back --
green of sea. Sea --
sea deep and sea not so deep -- green of sky.

Soap cream in the underrock.
Top rock bleached with neither sun nor cave space
but with neglect of wave.

Fill up and suck down, fill and pull back,
suctioning jut in deep.
Disappointment of mere lick.

Water clear to clear -- cuts up
and cuts back, moves in a massage, taking pebbles,
leaving them clear and rolling in a mild thunder.

Lip -- lip dry bulb and lip underside wet --
pink of rock.
Cliff finger split, struck, promontory brow.

Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Email: rachel_e_epstein@yahoo.com

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