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Hokotashi City, Ibaraki Prefecture by Meg Eden

Hokotashi City, Ibaraki Prefecture

The day is gray with the beach
covered in dolphins. Sand

becomes water and water
an uninhabitable place.

People still surf but how can they ignore
the fifty bodies, like tea leaves

at the bottom of a scryer’s glass,
heavy and loud in memorial?

The coast guards carry water
to pour over the bodies.

What do they expect? That the dolphins
will walk back to the ocean?

So many put down. So many
already dead. One by one,

scooped up by the bulldozer
and returned to the ocean.

Can anyone know what will happen
six days from now? Six hours?

On the shore, one body flails against
the others, craving the water

that pulls—killing
and sustaining simultaneously.

**previously published in Zo Magazine

Meg Eden‘s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit.

Hokotashi City, Ibaraki Prefecture & Meg Eden are Featured Finalists of 2016’s Chapbook Contest. Read her work & our other 6 Features @ Nostrovia! Press.


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