Vultures clean the coast,
what we couldn’t sing underwater,
we brought back in the throat
of our afternoon. The shore shaped
by the constant carol of waves,
like a mammal’s heart. Beached,
the baby Great White, a belly
gray as a singing knife,
kisses each of her hissing fins
to the sand. Recovering some altitude,
flashing her wings of cheek. Worn out
eyes gelled with kindness.
Hurt as a cavity, stalactites
of her teeth, some still moonset,
let out their dark light:
I’ve done enough, it is over.
Cupping my hands
in the geometry of a prayer,
a bedouin by by a desert spring,
holding all of the ocean I can
to wet her breath as you find
a bucket abandoned by a fallen castle.
You get behind and carve the sand, too.
The back fin fanning, your feet
coiled with the same energy
as a birth. The waves open
and the mossy slip of her tucks
bravely into your arms, the only way
I know you know how to hold.
Fins start to coast into
swim and she bursts into
a glide: so common and sweet as air.