in the surf

all this you want to say       ​to the relentless surf—
how we break on these shores
​                                                      into song​
break down into tears.
how once our bodies were so awake
​                                                      we were sure
we were alive.

how the wave is at the mercy of the wind
for its breaking.​
            ​how sunset breaks my fall into the dark.
how the night chews me up and spits me out
into a dawn of driftwood.

how my body awoke next to yours one morning.
and how love let me ​      break on you.

how we are pebbles rolled smooth
​            against each other in the stark lament of
the body’s oceans.

how water turns memory             ​crashes and foams
                        ​on the shores of our diminishing.
how the silence between us now is heavy wet wood.

and how every so often I find a stone
​            the ocean rolled into a heart.             ​how easy it is

to place all my longing and awe
​                              on its small narrow shoulders.

how it too was broken before
                              ​it was rolled smooth.

and how​ on its tiny petrified body ​
                              ​I lay my wonder.


Daniela Elza

About Daniela Elza

Daniela Elza had been published nationally and internationally in over 80 publications. She is the author of "the weight of dew" (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2012), "the book of It" (2011), and most recently "milk tooth bane bone" (Leaf Press, 2013) of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder."  Daniela earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University (Canada) and is the 2014 Writer-In-Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley.
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