Libbey, Elizabeth 1979

Friday, December 14, 1979
with Ross Talarico

A single dolphin breaks surface.
What has always been
grey as ocean is suddenly ivory, iron
woven with strands of smoky shadow
across a back arched green, a fin glistening
in green spray shot with violet when spray hits sun
midair, the eye black like eclipsed sun
disappears amid fringes, swirls; lingering air
holds until surface snaps
again, erupts molten silver into gold
gasp of air, release.

– Elizabeth Libbey, “Girl Sitting Alone In Her Room”

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