Saturday, 14 December 2019

There Is a Child in the Sea

by Jane Yolen

There is a child in the sea,
his mouth the color
of the top of a wave.

The tide is no salvation.
It laps him, slips him
Into infinity.

His parents claim the new shore,
curse the dark crossing.
His clothing weeps.

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Jane Yolen's book count is 382—the majority of them children's books, 10 books of adult poems, plus adult novels (fantasy and historical), nonfiction and memoirs. Twelve music books and 2 cookbooks, and . . . she has a low threshold of boredom. She has written a poem a day for the past seven years. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates for her work.