Searching for Glass

Searching for glass

At Seashore State Park,
I scan for a broken fragment
of something blue
among a low tide of
sun-bleached gull bones and sea foam.

 I want something man-made
and then sea-worn. 

There are whole things—
ark clams still intact,
iridescent oysters,
dead horseshoe crab,
and a sun-dried mermaid’s purse.

When I glean that smooth artifact:
a fragment of history, used bottle or glass,
I’ll take it home to rest
on a shelf or a chain around my neck
still
after decades of tumbling.

 
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Haley Hendershot received her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has previously appeared in the Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. Currently, she is a dual enrollment English teacher for John Tyler Community College at James River High School. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Banner image by SA / Virginia State Parks / CC BY 2.0