Seawall soliloquy number two: she built a seawall

My cousin 

had a nightmare 

that we kept 

building seawalls 

higher and 


all around 

our island 

up to 

the sky 

until suddenly 

we were 

at the bottom 

of a wishing well



at the world.

Copyright © 2022 by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on May 31, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.