“Pacific: Mateu, Matem” by Tyler Chadwick

(For Beikake)

both in white sarong
I bend you through the font
watch fabric rise
on water troubled
by the currents of death


Mateu, Matem (Gilbertese): €œmy death, your death. €


For Tyler’s bio and his other submission to the Spring Poetry Runoff, go here.

*Non-contest submission*


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