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Hotel Island

From: Appalachian Heritage
Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2014
pp. 54-55 | 10.1353/aph.2014.0032

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Young lungs strain
against the stricture
of the life jacket.
Ahead my father’s shoulders
bob like a long-tailed
duck riding, then diving
into a ripple. He is young.
Between breaths, we compare
what we may find
on the island. My sister
wants to find a hoopskirt
a real Victorian lady
wore to a ball. She is
a romantic. I want to find
broken wineglasses, because
I’ve never seen wine or a glass
designed to hold it.
Colleen wants to find a body.

The shell covering the beach
is dangerous as broken plates.
Lake water dries sticky on our skin.

Ahead, my father hops,
yelping like a coyote,
at pretend discoveries.
We believe he sees the ghosts
of vacationers. He hoists
an ochre shell shaped
like a pistol’s grip.

We never found what
we imagined we would.
The way back is always shorter
because anticipation takes hope.

Between strokes his arms
reach ferris wheel high.
He says TVA flooded the valley
below our scissor-kicking feet.
Cows ran for high ground;
farmers lugged suitcases
of try-hard and tough luck.
The hotel’s fine china a parable
for the derelict and dreamful.

Rachel Morgan  

Rachel Morgan is the Assistant Poetry Editor for the North American Review and teaches creative writing at the University of Northern Iowa. She co-edited Fire Under the Moon: An Anthology of Contemporary Slovene Poetry (Black Dirt Press). Recently her work appears or is forthcoming in Fence, Denver Quarterly, Barely South, Volt, Hunger Mountain, South85, and DIAGRAM.

Copyright © 2014 Berea College
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