Totemic ships carry manuscripts
but sharks, dressed as bellhops,
pilfer words and plunge seaward
to usher language to starfish,
who bury each letter in shells
unknown to science. A seahorse
junks with the medical waste
beneath a New Jersey boardwalk, and says, “Truth
is my favorite game of poker. Ante up.”

About Gregg: Gregg Mosson is the author of two books of poetry, Season of Flowers and Dust (GooseRiver, 2007) and Questions of Fire (Plain View, 2009). His poetry and literary commentary have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Smartish Pace, The Potomac Review, The Baltimore Review, JMWW, Boxcar Poetry Review, and The Futurist. Mosson currently is a contributing poetry editor at The Baltimore Review. For more information, seek