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Susan Laughter Meyers Summer Scholarship Winner, 2018
McKayla Conahan
Floating World
At first glissading over the surface, our train
sheared into the ocean last night,

and I woke to my ears popping—you
still asleep across from me, and the Adriatic,

still below. In a poem I mistook
the long, drowning hours powering a car

while friends sleep in back
for a tragic crash into the lake. I could not

look Ellen in the eye after that workshop.
In a dream, under my imagined waves,

her gaze locks on mine. In a dream,
something wraps around her neck

as it did in a collage, and never under sleep
do I experience fear or empathy,

but here. I buoy out, floating past
the glowing eye of the giant squid cradling

our vessel, each sticky pink arm cherishing
our ukiyo-e, our upended lives. All soft

watercolor landscape, and me escaping, unscathed.

©2018 McKayla Conahan