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).