Coast Line By Gunilla Theander Kester
It wears a colorful necklace
of hand-carved painted canoes. Twenty
men wrestle the gray sand to get a boat
to the turquoise sea. Boys stand in water,
shouting to each other, wet shirts clinging
to their backs. Pearly edges of waves
mirror their white smiles. A woman
carries peanuts and grilled corn
on a large tray balanced on her head.
She is humming and singing,
her calves lean and strong.
She thinks of tonight, the dark
room, her man smelling of salt,
the cloth by the door swelling
like a sail, gently sweeping the floor.
I will wear my red dress
and the wooden beads
that make no sound, a drop
of lime where he will find it.
GUNILLA THEANDER KESTER is the author of “Time of Sand & Teeth” (2009) and “Mysteries I-XXIII” (2011), both published by Finishing Line Press. She and writer Gary Earl Ross co-edited the “The Empty Chair” and “The Still Empty Chair,” two anthologies dedicated to the victims of Flight 3407, which crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009. An accomplished classical guitarist, she lives in Williamsville and teaches at the Amherst School of Music.