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David Anthony Sam


When submerged in the sea,

look both ways.

Rip tides carry your endurance

out into the time of your nothing.

You have to outlast the suffocation

in order to breathe water

into its holiness.

The red-orange sun promises

some sort of weather.

Westerlies fill sails in directions

that curse the storm.

The last gull seen

is the wisest way.

I navigated the years with my map

folded so tightly

all lands became one truth.

Accepting the injustice of fame,

my decision to ride sunset

down to its false destination

in a boiling ocean

bursts heat lightning

beyond the horizon.

I am a silent one, dressed

by the salt of the ocean wind,

an animate pillar of memory

looking too much backward.

My lips cup the sea.

The sea calls me without name.

I am its home.


David Anthony Sam lives in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda. His poetry has appeared in over 90 journals and his poem, First and Last, won the 2018 Rebecca Lard Award. Six of his collections are in print including Final Inventory (Prolific Press 2018), Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson, 2016 Grand Prize winner of the GFT Press Chapbook Contest, and Dark Fathers (Kelsay Books 2019). He teaches creative writing at Germanna Community College, from where he retired as president in 2017 and serves as the Regional VP on the Board of the Virginia Poetry Society.


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