The Topography of Hope
Tresses fly in sharp salty wind
Mary breathes in the vast ocean shimmer
beneath remote regal Palos Verdes cliffs
the low hoarse call of the pelican
announces the artists’ arrival
an easel standing at ready attention
brushes, paints, tools of the trade and stars align
from her canvas springs
in a brushstroke
a day, a year
an every-changing world captured
the swaying ocean
the eroding shores
yet an enduring, reaching peninsula
our Mary by the Sea
Jennifer Shneiderman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in many publications, including: Yale University’s The Perch, UCLA’s Windward, The Rubbertop Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Flash Fiction Magazine and Minnow Literary Magazine. She received an Honorable Mention in the Laura Riding Jackson 2020 Poetry Competition.
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