Magazine July 12, 2021, Issue

Low Tide at Cahoon Hollow

(Jessica Hornik)

The sea at low tide is collecting itself.
We head down from the dunes
to walk the hard sand troweled smooth

by the surf, the beach empty
this September afternoon, both of us
replaying memories of our boys

exultantly owning this patch of ocean.
A sand ridge the sea will soon wreck
is as good a spot as any for us to sit awhile,

facing the blue on blue, as chutes
of braided water straggle down to meet the tide.
Far out and just above the surface,

the wings of southbound sea ducks
seem to tug the waves like the oars
of ancient ships. Every breaker is a spoiler

but we keep watching …

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Jessica Hornik is the author of the poetry collection A Door on the River and an associate editor of National Review. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Criterion, Poetry, and many other publications.

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