Fathom Mag


(Denial) Punta Cana

Published on:
March 13, 2024
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Your ears are not so filled
with crashing waves   or the merengue 
the girl behind the beach-front bar   
sings along to   in Spanish 
as to not   hear my prayers

You're like the colourful fish 
swimming teasingly
within arms' reach   as we snorkel 
yet completely untouchable 
You're like the trees 
filled with cattle heron   just beyond
the resort’s boundary fence 

May the invisible wall   my devotion
faces   be like the immense
reddish-brown barrier of wave-tossed
sargassum   between beach & ocean 
we easily step across

D.S. Martin
D.S. Martinis Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College. Angelicus (2021) is now available from Wipf & Stock―a poetry collection written from the point of view of angels. Visit his blog Kingdom Poets and his website.

Cover image by Braden Collum.

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