No eyes. No brain. No heart.
They drift and sting.
Their shadows in the shallows
are all she sees,
half-dollar sized and shimmering.
Their poison's art
unmasked in welts and friendship rings.
Marybeth Rua-Larsen lives on the south coast of Massachusetts and teaches part-time at Bristol Community College. Her poems, essays, flash fiction and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Raintown Review, The Shit Creek Review, 14 magazine (UK), The Poetry Bus (Ireland), Verse Wisconsin and The Nervous Breakdown. She is a Poetry Editor at The Newport Review, a book reviewer at New York Quarterly, and was recently named winner in the Poetry category for the 2011 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition in Galway, Ireland.