o water that takes your ownshapewhen you are very smallo single-celledyour name is a dropyou persist from high to lownot knowing a vesselo closed-within-yourselfyou perish when you openand you'll give birth to the seaand be greetedby salt and dolphin and columbusand by susanna wallowingher hair in rainwatero droplet with nothingto differ you from droplethollower of stone
First published in the Kenyon Review, Jan/Feb 2019, Vol. XLI, Number 1.
Copyright © 2019 by Jennifer Grotz and Piotr Sommer
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission.
Jennifer Grotz’s most recent book of poems is Window Left Open (Graywolf Press, 2016). She is the director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Piotr Sommer is the author of Continued (Wesleyan University Press, 2005) and Overdoing It (Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press, 2013). His collected poems, Po Ciemku Też, (Also in the Dark) appeared in Poland in 2013.
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