Oshima

Alice Allan

Killing time, we find a stretch of sand

and wait for the sun to fade

in the bay’s rough curve.

 

So I tell you how I’ve learned

death is Daliesque—an elephant on stilts,

a camellia grown in the ocean.  

 

How every set of eyes that met mine

knew someone,

something now gone.

 

Oshima sits quietly, just south of Yokohama.

Their disaster is two decades old now,

a story between mouthfuls.

 

So carefully you reply,

watching the water

turn solid in the dark.

Alice Allan is a writer and editor living in Melbourne. Her poems have appeared in journals including Rabbit, Cordite and Going Down Swinging.

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