Float (A Love Poem)
By Scott-Patrick Mitchell
Did you know coral keep an archive
inside their skeletons, something
to do with boron isotopes, calcium carbonate,
a crystal coat of aragonite, sewn together.
The way warmth adds acidity to an ocean.
This is a very scientific way to say
they are in love with chronicle a history submerged
in salt and just like them, I adapt to this new climate
of loss, cling to what-was, look for you in the sway
water swallows, how inside every cupped shell
my ear can still hear
I remember the indent of your wet kelp hair
on my lap and did you know I miss you
This land dries and drier
with each tide pulling you away
as I add broken
body to the wreckage
of a coral graveyard
drowned thousands of years
just off the coast.
And did you know
that a poem is an archive too.
But in the end