Judith Roney

How Boats Are Born

�it�s never what we think
     when we pass away:

the surprise inside bursts
     when starfoam bubbles
teem with pre-birth
     down in a red turbid sea

and we float into folds of flesh
like tadpoles within heart�s shape

a head in the apex blooms
with scales
with feathers and a hoistable spine
begins its unfurl

till a crack through the shell
of a mermaid�s egg expands

and a young boat spreads
the curve of a smooth Latin wing
     and a Bermuda rig is born

feathers unfold to a triangular jib
the clew gray near its gunwale
     the telltales flutter

in colors of starwax and marrow�
     the direction more clear�

the bitter end never loosens
     nothing recedes

Judith Roney

JUDITH RONEY has created and taught writing workshops for adults challenged by mental illness in conjunction with the University of Central Florida�s Literary Arts Partnership. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. Her poetry collection, According to the Gospel of Haunted Women received the 2015 Pioneer Prize, and a memoir piece, �My Nickname was Frankenstein,� is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She confesses to an obsession with the archaic and misunderstood, dead relatives, and collects vintage religious artifacts and creepy dolls. Currently she teaches poetry at The University of Central Florida while pursuing a doctoral degree in Texts & Technologies.

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