Seawall soliloquy number two: she built a seawall
had a nightmare
that we kept
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.
About this Poem
“This was a poem written as part of a series called ‘Seawall Soliloquies,’ which is meant to be a reflection of my work as climate envoy for the Marshall Islands. Our country is focused more on adaptation, on adapting our island to protect ourselves from the rising sea level due to climate change. As such, seawalls have, inevitably, become a part of my life—these walls that our community builds in our backyards to protect ourselves from the incoming tides.”
Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner is the author of Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter (University of Arizona Press, 2016). She is the climate envoy for the Marshall Islands, where she lives.
Date Published: 2022-05-31
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/seawall-soliloquy-number-two-she-built-seawall