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Jack B. Bedell

Here along the coast
we raise our houses
after every storm.

The tides take bigger bites
each time they roll in,
wash out with marsh grass

and sand. Our shore birds
learn to live closer together
each season, and roads to town

drown in the lightest rains.
It won't be long now
before "land" is a folktale

we save for travelers
who tie up at our docks,
should any bother to travel here at all.

Jack B. Bedell is Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature, journal and press. Jack’s work has appeared in Barren, Pidgeonholes, Okay Donkey, HAD, and other journals. His latest collection is Color All Maps New. He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.

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