Feature: Issue No. 4, Spring 2013

Untitled, Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz
Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz

Sailor’s Warning
Amber Decker

Even awake,
staring up at the orange halo of a round summer moon,
he does not know what exactly he was hoping to find
inside the eyes of a girl who smelled of oceans,
the salt and the sand,
the abandoned coastlines, deserted islands, the tiny shells spinning
in their sea floor beds.

In his dream, the dry season arrives like a sudden storm. It is selfish
and takes what it can from the ground, from the trees.
It leaves behind the husks of fruit,
swarms of dead and withered flowers.

In his dream, he becomes a seagull scuttling
across a hurricane sky, green and wild with lightning strikes.
The deadly water churns and spits,
waiting like a scavenger to pick his small bones clean.

In his dream he wonders, wisely, what he is flying into.

Amber Decker is the author of two volumes of poetry, Sweet Relish and Lost Girls. Her work has been featured internationally in venues both in print and online. In her spare time, she can either be found at the gym or parked in front of her Playstation. Amber spends her days disguising herself as a diligent student of English literature; she lives in West Virginia with a spoiled dog and an evil cat.

Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz writes stories, takes pictures and makes teddy bears by hand.