i sang with the whales while you slept

by blake ellington larson

i was so sure your slippery grasp coveted my urge to wake alone

that i swam like a dolphin in
dreamt-of foreign waters

i drank enough saltwater to color my hair blue

i got lost in the pelican’s plight

and we sat in dirt

and prayed for waves

and when the cliff began to fall

i felt nothing but love