the earth rotates into the tidal bulge
grasses spider into pools
rock striations patchwork
miniature gardens open submerge
under the ocean’s rind like wombs
my daughter asks me do you ever feel surprised that you’re alive?
various algae, neptune’s necklace
radula grazes, groove in foot
tentacles retract to the body column
starred arms feathered with cilia
pool drops deep and cool
surface then plumb
fossils gleam under our feet
she once had gill slits
Sophie Finlay is a visual artist and poet. She lives, works and creates on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Her poetry is published in multiple journals including Meanjin, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Plumwood Mountain journal, the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self, UWAP and more. She has also been a finalist in several art prizes including the John Leslie Art Prize and the Salon des Refuses exhibition, Lethbridge Landscape Prize. Sophie is currently a PhD candidate in literary studies and creative writing at Deakin University.