Darwin Was Seasick For The Entire 5 Years

On the Beagle
in crepuscular light
wearing his human face
he made preparations
for the epiphany
wrapping himself
in the grace
of uncertainty
he kept a kind of
clenched excitement
in his notebooks
as if he knew
they were holding
a vision disproportionate
to their size.

Previously published in Calamus Journal

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Wendy Taylor Carlisle

Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives and writes with both feet in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of four books, Reading Berryman to the Dog (2000), Discount Fireworks (2008), The Mercy of Traffic (2019), and On the Way to the Promised Land Zoo (2019) and five chapbooks. For more information, see the link to her website below.

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