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Kristen D. Scott 

At Pelican Cove


                  (For Sam)


The sound of muscular waves

overwhelms playing children, ergs merge

with seagull huoh-huoh-huoh’s, moonstone

gatherers, and anxious parents.


On the boardwalk, your eyes spy a slender

blonde, ever an aficionado of female body language.


I am jealous, but then your eyes alight on her cranky

toddler. In an instant, you net toddler and mother,

hands, eyes, and throaty Midwest voice.

Ah, my Lebanese Sinbad with loose, khaki, cargos!

Families, seagull’s, and crashing waves unify

for your performance… entranced


I couldn’t wait for bed, to ride that moment, shout,

he is mine!

And you were …


for the turn of a screw

a setting of sun

a strum of oud,

a dervish whirl…


for as long as you could be anyone’s,

even children, crashing wave, gull, toddler, and mother.



sometimes aching settles

in like a goose-down quilt,

silencing all voices it inhabits.

Once upon a time, I heard

children here, little maidens


my lover chitchatting

with them, winking

when I watch.  In the corner,

the hope of my orchid dies.

Through the final fallen bloom,

I fall with it. Under

the quilt.

Under a patchwork

of neglect.

Kristen D. Scott, Editor In Chief, Poet, Writer, Publisher 2015-2-25-0:8:15

Kristen D. Scott is a six-time nominee of the Pushcart Prize in poetry for six works from her 2014 collection OPIATE. She is  an award-winning essayist for her work on Federico Garcia Lorca and his books the Divan del Tamarit, Poet of the Deep Song, and essay, "The Duende."


She has published in several anthologies, newspapers, and ezines, including four front covers from Nacional Newspaper in Albania,  the San Diego Poetry Annuals, Nomos Review, Perigee, Alesbuyia, and published two poetry collections from Garden Oak Press: LIAISONS (2012) and OPIATE (2014). She has been translated into Arabic, Albanian, Türçe, Bengali, and Italian.


Scott is currently the Editor-In-Chief, founder, and web designer of KNOT Magazine.

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