Little shell of a poem,
I wanted to send you into the world
rich with meaning—mine.

Here you come back
empty-hulled.

Anyone with dregs to share, pile in.
Seaweed or champagne,

it’s all the same to me,
an extra oar would be welcome.

Image credit:Kamil Porembiński

Trish Saunders lives in Seattle and Honolulu and, in her imagination, near Crater Lake, Oregon. Her poetry appears in The American Journal of Poetry, Califragile, Pacifica Poetry Review, Right Hand Pointing, Eunoia Review, Silver Birch Press, Seattle Poetry Bus, and other places. Right Hand Pointing published her chapbook, "Last Note" in 2019.