Understanding Anita

Coil Poetry
Oct 29, 2018 · 2 min read

Poem by Bob Sharkey


a hurricane, Ophelia.
Sensing someone behind
watching her hips swivel
beneath the long dress.
A half-turn of the head,
dark, plain firm profile,
the steady look that says,
“you’ll do what I want.”

If a city, New Orleans.
Not a cold virtuous doer
of occasional good deeds.
Loved for being free
of guile and greed.
Innocent despite the fog
of alcohol and smoke.
A salty tear of the sea.

If anything, the tide.
Water catching dull green
from a cannery wall,
tossing it into a brightness.
She stands in unraked sand
looking out at the foam
tinged with red, blood
of the coming storm.

BOB SHARKEY is a poet / short-fiction writer active in the reading scene around the Albany, New York, region. His work has appeared in many small press publications. Chapbooks are The Yellow Fairy and Surface at Sunrise. He is editor of the annual Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry contest. Poems can be found at Albany Poets.
Third place winner of the 2011 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry.

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The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Coil Poetry

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Poetry at The Coil: An Independent Literary Magazine at http://thecoilmag.com. Contact Poetry Editor Lewis J. Phillips at poetry@thecoilmag.com. #CoilMag

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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