Poems by Jennifer Chapis

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Painting Oceanside

by Jennifer Chapis

From Canary April/May 2009

Sunlight rocks a fallen paper cup.

Sunlight drenches the sea.

I can hardly believe
the other world in me tugging like certainty.

Someone nearby undresses
facing the ocean’s unconscious exhale—

Blind cloud of gulls.  Whisper at the elbow of the undertow
folding into itself. 

Perhaps one day a boat
free from its mooring

will carry the storm’s core home—
how questions make more sense

after breaking. 
I will paint all the breezes

to believe the world.
Gut swears to

every last bone in the song

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