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Harbor Lights

Claire Scott

harbor lights
red/green, red/green

gleaming guides
for ships at night

the old manís skin
smells of sea

salt cracked hands
salmon flashing

in the boatís
flaked hull

red/green, red/green
will take you home

to steaming stew
the slake of sex

a soft bed that
doesnít sway

the ship's captain

takes tourists
to spot whales

woozy, reeling

a grey whale spews
so close you see

rimes of barnacles
on his marbled back

the captain harbor—

bound to hose his
ship and head to

Lucky's Last Call
lingering 'til

midnight as
I sit on the

dock wrapped
in wool blankets

dreamy under
nightís starred sky

I gaze at
harbor lights that

guide my life
red/green, red/green

and yellow ones
that flash warning

stay away from men
who steer sorrow in
a boat called love

the lights dissolve
one by one

thirty years
in a leather

chair listening
sharing worlds

witnessing wonders
a light goes out

as I lock the door
three children grown

lucky for a
weekly chat

a two word text
a skinny Skype

three lights fade
into murky waters

crumpled slips
mock ambition

your work does not
suit our present needs

we wish you
placing your etc. etc.

the museís light

the harbor dark
no reference

point to guide
red/green, red/green

no yellow light
to flash alerts

a dim shadow
on the shore

the stubbed out
space of death

before death
the gray whale sinks

scrape the bottom

harbor lights
red/green, red/green

Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has published in many literary magazines. She was nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Claire is a winner of the Arizona State Poetry Society 2013 Annual Poetry Contest. Her forthcoming first collection of poems, Waiting to be Called, will be published by IF SF Press in late 2014.

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ISSUE THREE: Alertly Messy

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