Jennifer Dannenberg

new year

we were hard-pressed really
our excuse for calling the time-out
and then our reason for a full-blown attack

flags ripple atop building after building
snapping in the wind like sheets on the line or sails

lots of little anxieties float in our field of vision
sand flies clouds of them
motionless above the sea wrack

a large question swims to the surface gulping for air
answers bottom feeders poise gray and silent below