Big Pine Key

by

Archana Sridhar

the blackest night falls
after a day of sail-boats and snorkels
when we wade into an ocean
demarcated by a circle of nets
we are imprisoned alongside wildness
yet somehow free feeling
the salt sting in the pin-pricks
of jellyfish ink
around us phosphorescent life tumbles
like glitter-spill on cardboard
stars spin them a cocoon overhead
woven from the light
of the universe itself

Archana Sridhar is a South Asian poet and university administrator in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the chapbook “Renderings” (845 Press), and her writing can be found at www.archanasridhar.com.