"How to Build a Reef"
Maybe their scales still graze
your presence, maybe their schools
swim through a cloud of
dissolved calcium. I don’t think
the salt in the water ripples
at the thought of your laugh but I know
when the seafoam brushes over
my feet I can feel your
heartbeat, your waves striking the fleshy
sand. Whatever rays of speckled sun make it to
your depth won’t reflect off of this
rusted tomb, or off the wrecked wind-
shield that used to shine. Some free-
swimming coral, your casket
Ellery Beck is an undergraduate student at Salisbury University majoring in English and Psychology. She is a member of the Honors College.