On the long sand shore of Lake Michigan
in the fat maple trees and thin pine
a song far off within the wood
water and wind.
A black-haired Leshy sings on the rocks
small stories under low clouds
her white arms sway
mermaid on a black rock
alone and free.
She dances on the sand
green barnacles cling to black
and the seaweed is lost memory.
Gloria Monaghan is a Professor of Humanities at Wentworth Institute in Boston. She has published three books of poetry, Flawed (Finishing Line Press, 2011, nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award), The Garden (Flutter Press 2015), and False Spring (Adelaide Press, March, 2019). Her fourth book Hydrangea (Kelsay Press) is forthcoming. Nixes Mate recently published a chapbook, Torero, for its Fly Cotton Chapbook Series. Gloria's poems have appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, 2River, Adelaide, Aurorean, Chiron, Nixes Mate Review, First Literary Review East, among others. In 2018 her poem, “Into Grace” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.