The arrowhead maker

Does he know how to make heads

from living as a clam in sand

where relentless surf pounded shell

and sharp beaks found their mark?

        Joneve McCormick

Katerina Katsiri


Child with a Shell

He touches its teeth

fingers its inner ear, smoothly glazed

like a pink fish-belly.

As he feels further,

whiter, smoother,

echoing sounds from the center.

Broken open,

he holds the empty hull

wondering where the sound has gone

and looks for another shell.

         Joneve McCormick