Katrina Kaye

I am elegant
in surf:
a better
swimmer than
most land
bound creatures,
resistant to
regain straight
legged pose.

You can tell
by the arch
of my back
I can keep afloat
after the moon
rips her tides.

I thought
letting body
simmer to
was the only
way to
feel grace
until my waves
met your shore.

I do not grip
to your coast
because I think
I will drown.

I hold on
because I
can’t bear
to let you go.

“Coastline” is previously published in Otherwise Engaged (2022).


Katrina Kaye

she says she remembers
and looks toward the floor

it is the easiest way
to respond to these questions

the days
when she could
sit with legs crossed
and grin into another person
without a moment of restraint
or fear of impending judgment
have fogged over like so
much hot breath upon looking glass

it is less painful to cast eyes downward

she knows
if she is silent long enough,
they will stop asking

they will go away

“Remembers” is previously published in To Anyone Who has Ever Loved a Writer (2014).