Stuart Dischell

Driftwood Fire

Just as they were
Ever together
So he remains
Solitary forever
In the days apart
Cancelled on the calendar
Another x in the shipwrecked’s log.


“Rain and the cliffs were invisible.
            Along the reef dolphin fins
                       Took shape in the storm.
           If you are looking for me
                      Give me sails on the horizon,
           And I will signal from the lagoon
News of my survival.”




“Driftwood Fire” is from Backwards Days (Penguin, October 2007).