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. Her poetry and short fiction are published or forthcoming in American Journal of Poetry, Off The Coast Literary Magazine, Pacifica Poetry Review, Silver Birch Press, Eunoia Review, and others. Right Hand Pointing published her chapbook, "Last Note" in 2019.