snug I rail :: long for my mariner
look for you in glass you
leave in canvas and burlap
your nails hammock :: my ribs etch
rope over bone fingers sleep
while palms press :: twist fibers
will you unbraid :: your hair
I bycatch :: sailor a day from land
for wine :: a cook drinks saltwater
you bought a boat. trawler.
my hands go
soft in the broth
ARIANNE TRUE (Choctaw, Chickasaw) is a queer poet and folk artist from Seattle. She teaches and mentors with Writers in the Schools (WITS), the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate program, and Hugo House’s Young Writers Cohort. Arianne is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is a current Hugo Fellow.