'Beach at Coney Island 1879' by Samuel Carr‘Nesting Season’ and Other Poetry by Michael Angel Martín The Society August 18, 2017 Beauty, Humor, Poetry Nesting Season Little sleep. The night heat did not relent. You startle me up as day breaks over the tent to show me the sea-turtle tracks you found through the bluestems behind the campground. I hardly rub my eyes when you unzip the mosquito mesh with insistence, gripped by the life that washed up so near to us. On the shore we are careful not to fuss with the fin-prints spread on the sand. We tip-toe over dunes, the day unplanned on this beach with its unreported nest, our watchful footing, and little rest. Consider the Lilies Running the limestone trail in Bill Baggs Park, I hear sea-grape leaves crunch underfoot. As for the rest beneath this mangrove arch I’m confounded, tongue-tied, and hard-put. Whatever croaks the first persons saw fit Became the names of things in our world. What was once sharp ancestral wit, Is now a coral relic. And yet, new shoots Do unfurl. So today I’ll play off my ignorance, overhaul the taxonomy, And refuse our moldy inheritance. I present you my own ecology: Zebrafly, Flowergun, Pinkfrond, Snailroot, Fingerslinks, Spaceclam, Oysterleaf, Swampfruit Michael Angel Martín was born and raised in Miami, FL. His interests include stringed musical instruments, benedictine contemplation, and mall food. His poems can be found in or are forthcoming in Dappled Things, Anglican Theological Review, The Offbeat, Green Mountains Review, Saint Katherine Review, The Mondegreen, Pilgrim, Presence, Jai-Alai, and elsewhere. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.