Spring 1987 • Vol. IX No. 2 Poetry |

September Dory Race

Thud of the brass cannonpassed through usand they headed for the redcan buoy, and soon,on the far side of the bay,seemed rooted, eelgrass patchesagainst the sandstrip beachexcept when sunlike a struck matchflared off an oar flat. We measured the milesin small talk and blue-greens,green-blues the seashuttled itself through,sliding toward fall,tossing up a sandalor a compact the currentor current-keepers had openedlike a bivalve and lickedto the corners of itspastel trays—proofthe sirens' season was over. Now, in the stretch,each boat and man seemsconjoined, a sea centaur insilhouette, straininginto the long pull,so alike we can't sayif we're rooting forJoe Coehlo's rosa rugosa—spaghetti-box red and greenlike the flag of Portugal— or that Norse basketbuilt by someone fluentwith scribing jigsand framing dogs,that looks like it fellout of Odin's hall,the sternpost barely planedfrom a tree trunk, or that kid you could seehasn't yet had a beeror cigarette, he rowedso wel

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