In Search of Harmony
I swim like a manatee,
my curved and bountiful body perfect
to float, wearing a cloth of sun
that filters into muted hues of amber,
magenta, cerulean - rainbow shades
only seen in my waking world
on days falling water prisms light.
Coral, animal like me, anchored
to the sea but mobile
in feathered wings of welcome,
underwater angels blessing life
far above their reach. I’m bound too,
to the rules of my species, careful to keep
my head above the water,
eyes on an earth
where we’ve tossed our poisons
into the sea, where our rising heat
strands coral’s bleached bodies
and our own, in a breathless
breach of faith.
Joanne Durham is the author of To Drink from a Wider Bowl, winner of the 2021 Sinclair Poetry Prize (Evening Street Press, April 1, 2022). Her chapbook, On Shifting Shoals, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books. Her poetry appears in many journals. Please visit https://www.joannedurham.com/ for more about her background, publications, and awards.
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