Like the Waves

Marilynn Talal


The nuthatch's call
goes up like fingers
deep within greening leaves.
Branches into joy.

When I look out
where sun has bleached
the water almost white,
sails open in full song.

Under smooth running bowsprit
waves part and return
like our hands. Our bodies.
Minutes ago. Without spaces.



Marilynn Talal received a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston where she was awarded the Stella Earhart Memorial Award. She is a recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, Paris Review, Southern Poetry Review and elsewhere.