Rehabilitation of the Self, A Process

by Nathan Lipps

Collapsed along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Wave and sand arriving

within each other and the sound of negotiation.

Blades of grass deciding upon nothing.

Wind because of wind.

Learning to wrangle a little love from this new death
toss it out into the shallows

watch it blossom alongside minnows and duckweed
bleached-out plastic bottles, remnants of a diaper

and the broken reflection of something familiar.

Nathan Lipps is a poet & editor living in Ohio where he teaches creative writing and English courses at Central State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Colorado Review, North American Review, Third Coast, TYPO, and elsewhere.

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