Sea Words | Crystal Gibbins
dancing girl press, 2013
Crystal S. Gibbins is the editor of Split Rock Review and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her poetry, illustrations, collaborations, and reviews have appeared in several journals, including Cincinnati Review, dislocate, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Free Verse, Prairie Schooner, and Word For/ Word. Crystal is from northern Minnesota.
You were a turnstile, then a brick.
A winter of blizzards, a suitcase,
a morning spent trying to open
a window, a fist.
You were never an island,
despite what you dreamt.
Not a hook, a net.
birdless wings, turbulence, baggage
hold unlit when the door closed.
You were a ship
between the brink of capsize & basking.
You said, the sail’s left down,
He said, leave it down.
The salt you could taste.