Littoral Couplets by Jaydn DeWald


first sweat

then glitter


beneath her

i was an orb


of vapor slow-

dissolving


bari sax

for sunrise


double bass for

humid nights


she wailed

across the moon-


lit waters

like a ship


once

in a salt cave


i licked

a wall until my


tongue bled

the dawn rose


at the nape

of her neck


later

in the crushed


mica

on my chest


she traced

a cabin


hum for me

she whispered


the ballad

on the gramo-


phone inside

often then


i sensed her

in darkness


sheared my

white hair


the shore’s scent

the ship’s wail


i hurled my

shadow upon


her shadow

in the sand


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Jaydn DeWald is a writer, educator, jazz bassist, and the author of the essay collection Sheets of Sound: Notes on Music & Writing (forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books in 2020) as well as several limited-edition chapbooks. He is Assistant Professor of English & Director of Creative Writing at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, USA.