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Journal Article

Red Tide (Valparaiso Poetry Review; Fall/Winter 2019-2020)

Authors: Rob Jackson





The sea gasps


as crabs litter white Sanibel sands,


claws outstretched and flexing.




The pocked hand


of a starfish


clenches slowly skyward.




Soles plate the beach,


eyes dark and lusterless,


gulls gorging jelly.




A manatee bloats near high tide


as blow flies swarm


to pierce its skin.




Onshore winds whip


panicgrass over beach dunes,


raw in their exposure,



and a child bears water's malice,


a rash from swimming,


the scratch of asthma's rise.


Journal Name
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Publication Date
Red Tide