On Foreign Shores

By Matt Schultz

We are quiet. Listen. You can almost hear the tadpoles swimming in the muck except for our bated breath hissing like wind among the reeds––or the spinning of a potter’s wheel. Then, bloodtide breaks upon the shallow of our hearts. Even now, I suspect the rumble is only a memory of our seatangled life on the Carolina coast. That end of the world where the ocean can disappear into an afternoon fog as if I had forgotten to put on my glasses. As if the horizon were at the tips of my fingers. Listen. Hear the scrape of grass along the belly of a snake come to see if we’ll acquiesce.

Matt Schultz is the author of two novels: On Coventry and We, The Wanted. He plays bass and eats vegan food and writes poems, which you can find in journals like OlneyOne Art, and Taco Bell Quarterly. Matt’s chapbooks are forthcoming from 2River and ELJ Editions, and his collection of prose poems inspired by 1960s and 70s rock and roll will be available from ELJ Editions in May 2022.