A Giant Comes Home

This April, Fantastic Floridas is being taken over, twice weekly, by the Orlando-based seul poetry quarterly, as part of our Florida Lit Mag excerpt series. Poems from the pages of seul will appear on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout National Poetry Month. Read all the poems here.

The sun is sinking
into the largest ocean
and all my senses discovered its loss

Its heaving frame
sends hues askew
sunrises for someone else

Hastening to bed
eyes burning red
tired of the day’s bright suspension
eager to rest its giant head
splashing in once more
sending waves to lick
the darkening rocks
beneath my trouser patches
& pretzeled legs

Wipers and knobs
combat the tears of bedtime
their weight cracked the windshield
but the star now blooms
forever for an anonymous audience
(the darkest critic)

And the lamp of the world grows dim
and I run my fingers slowly
through the curves of a coastal road

The sea heaves audibly
in through the head
out through the feet
kidnapped tides
hostage with humanity
all of them
The bulging humming mass
the foam of the world’s disease
finally silenced
contained by the seas
never stopping
but laughing together.