The Sundering

by Stephanie Adams-Santos

selected by Linda Gregg

The Golden Octopus of Oscuro Beach


He has lain still since the storm
Exhumed him from the howling
Oceanic.

The storm--

It roosted down, a beast of hunt.
It roosted down to ravage

The shore, the Dunes--
Left its wash.

            It left no light

And no ordinary
            Tidepool--

How does one begin
To assess the ruin.


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