RAISING THE TITANIC

Only the hand of God can drag
the weight of our bodies, knotted
in bed, sheets cast aside, telling
stories in a form strained
to one another, mouth over mouth
the way birds feed their young.

And when we bring ourselves
together, it is always history
meeting itself for the first time,
taken aback and a little embarrassed
by what it sees. We are adrift
yet again. There is evidence

below the surface. You can see
the promenade under a moon
stretched too thin. There is a trace
of you, the dress of a ghost,
and me, pulling you through the salt
toward what little remains.


Frank Matagrano
FRANK MATAGRANO, born in New York, has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Northwest Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review, among others. His first full-length collection of poetry, I Can Only Go as Fast as the Guy in Front of Me, was published by Black Lawrence Press in the Spring of 2005.
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The Adirondack Review