this time next year / nic sebastian

your name is Ladislaus
you will come to me

as small black boat
on thirst-red sea

your sail made of hurricane
and bougainvillea

I will ask you
suddenly

for September
for the tight promises

sold by the daughters
of the equinox

and you will grin at me
in your morning

handsome way
pass me cowrie shells

and solstices
laughing

Footage: ‘Discovery of Kepler-16b’ by NASA
Music: ‘Crotalinae’ by Xcentric Noizz and the Tunguska Electronic Music Society

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Nic Sebastian hails from Arlington, Virginia. She has two sons and travels widely. Her work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Anti-, MiPOesias, Avatar Review and elsewhere. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale. She is the founder and voice behind the audio poetry journal Whale Sound and founder of Voice Alpha, a group blog dedicated to the discussion of anything related to reading poetry aloud for an audience.

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