born – Clarissa Grunwald

in the beginning, there was a river and

an old man in a rowboat fishing

the hazel water for coins and feathers and things

and there was you,

in the silt, all twisted up in soda rings

with the hook burrowed deep in the red flesh of your foot. 

so he dragged you out; you sprawled on the stones

where the first green things had begun to grow

and the old man put down his fishing pole

and dragged his rotting boat 


Clarissa Grunwald is a librarian at Elizabethtown College. She has previously been published in Jet Fuel Review and Drunk Monkeys. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys playing viola and pen & paper RPGs.

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