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Settling Down

I stand above the beach, watch

surfers paddling out to sea

towards deeper water. Trees

shade me from rays that scorch

skin. Men fish from the sandbar

spaced apart from each other.

Kids jump calf-deep waves slopping

to shore, peel off seaweed clinging

to ankles. No one notices me.

They do not know my remains

will be scattered on their beach, blown

out to sea, the evidence of me

settling down in one place at last,

at home riding the wave-swell.

Note: This poem is a terminal utilizing the end-words from Kim Addonizio’s August.


Nathanael O'Reilly

Nathanael O’Reilly is an Irish-Australian poet. His collections include Landmarks, Selected Poems of Ned Kelly, Dear Nostalgia, Boulevard, (Un)belonging and Preparations for Departure. His poetry appears in 125 journals & anthologies published in 15 countries. He is poetry editor for Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature. (Headshot by Celeste Jenkins-O'Reilly)


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