Offing
Lauren Claus

Offing

I won’t speak. The gulls would give
            you enough. I learn how light
traces water, when waves cleave.
            I know you left me
before you left, and silence
            means more than sound.
Some of those stones near the shore
            are supposed to only be near.
If you want the show and splendor
            of my sorrow, see gulls
on the sand, how they settle it
            down. Count the steps
they take to reach rock. The beats
            they need to ascend.
Remember the future you will make:
            it holds no hint of me.

Lauren Claus

is a medical student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research interests include surgeon-family communication and the medical humanities within the field of otolaryngology. Her poems have recently appeared in Hawaii Pacific Review, Tipton Poetry Review, Zone 3, Briar Cliff Review, and other journals.