Aquatic Ape Theory

The water left us
with no calluses – taught
us to move through
but not against, did not prepare us
for the mineral drag of gravity
on bone. We learned to breathe,
but not to drain the ocean
from our joints,
waiting instead on the moon
to draw our cells up nightly
from the well,
  make them sit a little

Lily Beaumont’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including Prolit, Molecule: A Tiny Lit Mag, and Crow & Cross Keys. She holds an MA in English from Brandeis University and currently lives in Central Texas, where she works as a curriculum/study guide developer and editor in order to maintain her cats in their accustomed lifestyle.

You can see more from Lily in 10.1

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