Ebb Tide

by Sandra Marchetti

Spiders wind behind limestone
at heights twice mine.

A black beach brines
the vine-choked wall,

times my dizzied pull
at the horizon line.


I tell you this time I am not afraid.
I click the teeth of seven gods,

catch vines in my throat
and spit them to the sea.

I tell you I spark into fire
the grass behind my strides.

Sandra Marchetti earned her MFA in Creative Writing at George Mason University. She is the author of Confluence, a debut full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications, and a co-author of Heart Radicals with Les Kay, Allie Marini and Janeen Rastall. Eating Dog Press published an illustrated letterpress edition of her essays and poetry, A Detail in the Landscape, and her first volume, The Canopy, won Midwest Writing Center’s Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest. Her work appears in The Hollins Critic, Sugar House Review, Ecotone, Green Mountains Review, Blackbird, Southwest Review and elsewhere.

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