Whidbey Island, WA
A shipment of mist is coming in from Japan,
rain ground to grist, blotting out the mountains,
lightning pushing pins into a pincushion.
An outlet to open ocean has warped the windward firs,
wind barreling unobstructed down the strait,
blindsiding the island as if the Sound’s
Eustachian tube were stuck open, as in the ear
of an anorexic tortured by the white noise between worlds,
inner and outer. This door to remain unlocked
during business hours, signs on the mainland read.
God’s tenseless infinitive, wielded as imperative.
About This Unit: Poems on Family and Finding Other Lines of Symmetry
AUSTIN SEGREST is the author of Door to Remain, winner of the 2021 Vassar Miller Prize.