Sandra Kolankiewicz

Communique #10


Once a year there are              epic tides so low

along the jagged shore            line that cliffs and

stony bottoms are        exposed, touched by air

only during the            first full moon of spring

in a sea of mixed         semidiurnal

tides.  Each March we wait    for the ocean to

retract, pull from shore,           and provide us

with a kind of shell     fish none recognize,

which we pry from the            rocks until we fill

our buckets.  We peel              and eat them raw, steamed,

and smoked, harvesting          until the tide comes

back, part of our small            diet until the

summer is full.  By      now many of us

have broken, become              so detached from the

past we’ve forgotten               who we were, what we

once did, and why we                        ended where we are.

Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems have appeared widely, most recently in Galway Review, One, Otis Nebulae, Trampset, Concho River Review, London Magazine, New World Writing and Appalachian Heritage. Turning Inside Out was published by Black Lawrence.  Finishing Line has released The Way You Will Go and Lost in Transition.