Another Day of Rain

 

The stack of poems

on the desk builds,

like clouds gathering

where sea shakes sky’s

hand.  Words rainfall,

arrange by line, sound,

patter the windows,

water the raspberries.

I open the door, welcome

the through-traveler

storm.

 

Mega Ship

 

When the Ovation

of the Seas docked

in Sitka, we drove

to see its spectacle:

 

Bionic bars, four

swimming pools,

skydiving machine,

surfing simulator.

 

It seemed half

the town showed

up to see firsthand

18 floating stories

 

from the safety

of firm ground.  It

could have been

a May Fest, a half-

 

circle of held hands

around the port side

of the docked ship.

And later, I watched

 

it cross the sound

for open sea, grow

tiny in its quiet

departure.

 

Alaska Summer Pie

 

Our first attempt baking a mixed

berry pie:  blue, huckle, three salmonberries

 

combined.  Painstakingly, our girl picked

each single fruit by hand, included enough

 

greens to make salad if such leaves were tasty.  

If measured by crop or crust alone, pastry

 

could sustain us.  Its sweetness the antidote

to winter, the ruse of forever summer.

 

Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing Alaskan. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (University of Alaska Anchorage), has authored two books of poetry – What Caught Raven’s Eye (Petroglyph Press, 2018) and Something Yet to Be Named (Aldrich Press, 2017) – and is the poetry editor of Alaska Women Speak.

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