Ballast Flint, Oxner’s Beach by Michael Goodfellow

Poet name: Michael Goodfellow Poem title: Ballast Flint, Oxner’s Beach Poem: It held ships down, against the kelpy sand its worn in shape now more like water than like earth, clear water thickened to dark chert or current capped with foam. It washes up, they knew it would. A twisted knot of wood, a dullish lump of coal —nothing outweighs the deep, charry below. Ships passed, fur packed into the hold. End of poem. Credits: Copyright ©Michael Goodfellow Previously published in Train: A Poetry Journal in Feb. 2020 Michael Goodfellow’s poetry has been published by Verse Daily and Measure and is forthcoming in The Cortland Review, The American Journal of Poetry, CV2 and Prairie Fire. He is the editor of The LaHave Review and a reader at Smartish Pace. He lives in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, where he grew up.