High Tide

Laurie Kolp


A week at the beach
and the carcass is kind of peeling

but here I am anyway
hiding leather in a tannery

factoring my life on sun-dried rawhide
while you bait aquatic vertebrates
and gather them in ice. 

Soon enough a surge
will charge us further back

until we are neaped in erosion.
What good then will this tide be?



Laurie Kolp, author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello, It's Your Mother (Finishing Line Press, 2015), serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and treasurer for the Poetry Society of Texas' local chapter. Laurie’s publications include Gargoyle, Yellow Chair Review, Scissors & Spackle, North Dakota Quarterly, Found Poetry Review, Pirene’s Fountain, and more. She lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children and two dogs.

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