30 Poems in 30 Days

30 Poems in 30 Days
A Project for National Poetry Writing Month

Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 16 Something About the Sea

The Lost Sea
     Sweetwater, Tennessee

No one knows 
how large the largest
underground lake
in America might be.

One wet cavern room
opens to the next, again
again, another.

Once, a jaguar lost
himself on the Lost Sea
shore and left his bones
in the dark with
the cave fishes.

Once, I asked a friend:
if we can lose a whole sea
to blind trout and fossils
what can we ever keep?

Silly poet, she said.
The Lost Sea has been
right here the whole time.