The full moon called-in after-hours

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The Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal, March 24, 2021. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2021.

Wedged like a mint in the oiled airway of the world,
the Ever Given waits for the moon to pry open
its throat for water. I’ve slid into the couch, a lost 
lozenge. Can’t look up or back, dream-sousing 
the great books in the library of Alexandria
that burned—ones I didn’t write. I’ve got nothing 
on the forces of nature. No rising tide. No lift out 
of this bucket-stupor. Egyptians cut the isthmus 
deeper. Farmers filled and emptied a billion baskets, 
then steam shovels, dredgers and a red sea swelled 
for vast containers. I lived at the lip of a maw 
that swallowed whole a temple’s roof. No gates. 
No guards. Just a parking lot’s dry socket and 
decayed white molar, garbage, and loose papers.

Jen Ryan Onken teaches high school in southern Maine. Her work has appeared on Maine Public RadioThe Night Heron Barks, Love's Executive Order, and elsewhere.
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