by Juliana Schicho
Runestone, volume 3
my father told me monsters lived in the sea
but never warned me of the ones on land.
hair strung with salt, he let his boat be swallowed
by the maw of the ocean he sailed on,
chanteying his voice to mix with waves.
the water took him, too, just as it took my mother :
undercurrent cradling them until they were sand
and i was left shoreside
we met in the evening of it all, ring-bound and
thirsting—drinking saltwater in wedding goblets
you swallowed me as if i
i carve your name into whalebone, engrave curses on baleen
hoping the water will carry this out to sea
Juliana Schicho is a senior creative writing major. She previously worked as a fiction reader for Gandy Dancer, but poetry is her preferred form of writing. Some of her poems have been published in Geneseo’s MiNT Magazine.