Ocean City in October by Christine Pennylegion

Poem title: Ocean City in October

Poet name: Christine Pennylegion

Poem: We labour on deserted sands

to build our seaside home.

Fat toddler hands pat walls

and lumpy strongholds

into being; we gather shells

to decorate, fortify with sticks,

fly seaweed banners bravely.

A moat takes shape to guard

against the rising tide.

Overnight it laps closer and closer,

moon-pulled, implacable,

as we dream our sea salt dreams.

We do not hear the walls collapse.

We do not hear a thing.

End of poem.

Credits and bio: Copyright © Christine Pennylegion


Previously published in Belmont Story Review, vol. VIII, August 2023.

Christine Pennylegion has lived in and around Toronto, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Windsor. She holds a BA(Hons) in English from the University of Toronto, and an MAR from Trinity School for Ministry. Her poems have been published by Dunes Review, Humana Obscura, Understorey Magazine, and others.