Sonnet with Ocean Light

Consciousness tightens then falling away     after

the move to the ocean address     fixed within this

density     a souvenir of vacation days     speaking

the shape of words once forgotten     now recalled

painting with pulses of light     there is always

photographic evidence     a deck     a table with

angled edges     the smell of salt in the breeze     a dead

thing near the water’s edge     where a metal jacket

had pierced its soul     and all that still remains

is bone     day’s end flaring orange     redeeming

darkness until spinning back into morning

the new day dawning pearl     dawning iridescent

the oven overflowing with the odor of breakfast

butter brushed and baked like a winter roll.  

Poet and songwriter Paul Ilechko lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ. He is the author of several chapbooks. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Night Heron Barks, Feral Journal, K’in, Gargoyle Magazine, and Book of Matches. His first album, “Meeting Points”, was released in 2021.  

Image by Adam Strong

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