I dream of you, Sea God, climbing over the edge
of my make-shift raft and making love to me
as we sail West into Apollo’s sunset, heading for
the Artemis moon, while Gemini rises over the waves,
and dolphins mark our passage with their song.
You smile at a seahawk’s call to us and we
drift into Triton Bay, warm together,
your eyes above me, and we do not heed the gulls,
nor the gentle bump of sea turtles coming closer to greet you.
[Sandy Hiortdahl is a recipient of the Sophie Kerr Prize and a Maryland State Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Novel. She has an M.F.A. from George Mason University and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming this year in Barely South Review, Alimentum Journal, OCEAN Magazine, Poetic Story/KY Story, MatterPress Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and Nemesis. She is an Assistant Professor at Northeast State Community College. Her website is: www.sandyhiortdahl.com.]