©2019 by Poetry Society of South Carolina. Proudly created with Wix.com

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize

Patricia Tanner Candal


Before We Leave

Walk the beach one more time.
Pause to pick up jingle shells:
Gray, orange, white
And fragile.

Search for the glossy black point
Amid fragments of broken shells.
Gather the shark’s tooth and
Drop it in the corner of a pocket.

Collect the stones
cashew-carved by pounding seas.
Rub your thoughts into them.

Now I understand
why it’s difficult
to throw away my pockets when I’m home.