Hobble Creek Review
Late spring the horseshoe crabs
crawl up the shore
by thousands here to mate:
high tide, their bodies cram
the sand to share
their last in this swap-meet—
long daisy-chains of shells
gripped claw to spine
like cobbled paving-stones
from lighthouse point to shoal;
they spawn and spoon.
The scent of Coppertone
soon turns to sun-baked rot.
The seagulls pick,
squawk, gawk, and yaw with guile.
Thick, mazing deerflies rut
above one pock-
marked, upturned book of gills.
Will Cordeiro received his MFA from Cornell University where he is
currently a Ph.D. candidate studying 18th century British literature. His
poetry appears or is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, Crab Orchard Review,
Flyway, Copper Nickel, Sentence, and Raintown Review. His nonfiction
has been published in venues such as Jacket, Prick of the Spindle, and
Essays & Fictions. He is grateful for residencies from Risley Residential
College, Provincetown Community Compact, Ora Lerman Trust, Blue
Mountain Center, ART 342, and Petrified Forest National Park.