I Read Somewhere This Is True

That hermit crabs, naked of their former shells,
will make homes in what you leave them—
hollowed out eight balls or little souvenir hats.
I think of this when my mind’s grown quiet:
a team of crustacean linebackers hunched
on orange spindles across their field
of aquarium sand. How they gaze out the grates
of their bright plastic helmets
such a long, long way from the sea.

Rebecca Macijeski received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011 and is currently studying toward a PhD in Poetry at University of Nebraska—Lincoln where she serves as an Assistant Editor in Poetry for Hunger Mountain and Prairie Schooner. She also is an assistant to Ted Kooser’s newspaper project, American Life in Poetry. Some of her recent work has been featured as part of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, and she is a recipient of a 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She has attended artist residencies with The Ragdale Foundation and Art Farm Nebraska. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poet Lore, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Fourteen Hills, and others.