PoetryIssue 21 | October 2014

High Jumping Silver

by Gail Peck

the water gathers
itself rises up
all over itself in a rush of splash and crash
a melee of white    
      jumping up
in surprise over
rocks in its way
its dark fabric stretching out then pulling


crabs ripple small pools
          long thin legs
carry a sandpiper
on a private scavenger hunt
up and down the black boulders
just out of water’s reach
her long beak pokes
at crevices in the rocks
tiring of the game
she raises her head, opens
her wings and flies off.


against the pale lit sky on the horizon
the water draws a dark line in grey slate
closer in
it reveals a rough surface
movement in dark
then light
ridges of curdled blue cream
that whips out in white
on the beach.


today a wildfire
rages at Waikaloa. the highway
closed because of the smoke –
smoke from burning grass.
the rocks on either side of the road – ridged
black pumice-pocked lumps
tossed up in years past by Mauna Kea,
Kilouea and Hualalai in volcanic clouds
of smoke and fire, jumble the landscape
as far   as far   as far as the light    
and wild donkeys graze here
on the land baking in the hot sun
for what comes next.
we saw great marlins
high jumping silver
flashes in the bay.

About the author

A Canadian with wanderlust, Gail Peck has travelled to every continent except Antarctica, which remains on her to-do list. Siem Reap, Hue, Bangkok, Sydney, Christchurch, Ushuia, Xian, Denali, Marrakesh, Venice, Paris, Istanbul, Santorini…the list is long and growing. She has published many poems, and has won honourable mention in Ontario Poetry Society competitions.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok