Separating the Immutable

Winter at the shore
and the sun disdains us, suspended
high and immobile

while an old man leans
against a brick wall, away
from the wind, his
green jacket tans brown
at its neck and its wrists.

And waves aloof from
the sea dangle brown
and white above
the sand in a mercenary barter
with the shore.

At the horizon, sky and sea
meet, a thin band of darker
blue vibrates, separating the immutable:
this is a matter for physics.

Suddenly a gull screams
buffeted higher by the harsh wind
from its dinner

and a caress of cold air
lifts my hair from my head.

© Katherine Gekker, 1979
(Originally published in “Positively Prince Street,” 1979, as “Untitled.”)

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