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To Repair the Sea - By Mara Lemanis


To Repair the Sea

When the roads ran
with the water,
riding wild
with the waves
I sat with you
and watched
the clear reflection
in your eyes
that saw the true
the wild, uncivil light
that cut through
furrowed dark
before the oil
the lead, the plastic
dammed the wild
inside the light,
and you and I
sat on an island
that had no roads
and grazed on walnuts,
beans and berries
and colors wild
like lava flows
and sang the song
that has no words
but rises with the water
from inside our bark
and spills out with our song;
we sang and waited
for the light
to drive the wild
shine through the oil,
slice the lead
break up
the continental shelf
choked full
with plastic bones
and spring us free
into the wild
to join our waters
to repair the sea

                                                                                                                               Mara Lemanis




Mara Lemanis

Biography: Mara Lemanis is a literary scholar. Her essays have been selected for 20th CENTURY LITERARY CRITICISM and are included in undergraduate student textbooks in the U.S.

She has worked as an archivist for Historical Preservation and with the IRC, assisting refugees in Oakland, California. 

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