on a walk down the dock,
we tell drunk
stories, trade histories,
past shipwrecks revisited.
our voices hull
Eat, Drink and Re-marry
laden air sticks to our skin.
the tide slaps.
my mind awash.
we cross coordinates.
I pay less attention to the drifting
of our bare feet against wet wood
than to the names printed in cursive,
bows moored in the no-wake zone.
and as dusk kisses our faces
Saugatuck recedes into the background,
behind the honey orange horizon of a pint of Oberon.
we hold our breaths
— Karla E. Lamb
Karla E. Lamb earned a BA in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, in Michigan, where she served as a poetry editor for Fishladder. Her work has appeared in Neon Lung, INwriting, Running Out of Ink and Through the 3rd Eye. In Michigan she curated The Black Coffee Reading Series. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on 90.5 FM.