Virtue of Smallness


Shattered clam shell fragments

pave the crescent shore

loose mosaic tiles

Barnacle cone houses

and soft-skinned

bladder wrack bulbs

pinky-width to the big toed

 hard-hatted clams

They are scarred but are unbroken

by Ocean’s hammer-fist.


* A version of Virtue of Smallness first appeared in carte blanche in Issue 20, 2014.