national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2011

[open ocean falls]

Matt Aucoin  • 
Harvard University

Open ocean

falls closing into

white past dark blue


where bound, in sand,

in sun, blood, we lie

unopened: five years


of love: still

our cells run caught:

blue divers falling


the volume under

papyrus stretched,

its inner face


bathed as in tea—

you look old, you

look lived in, like home—


till the divers surface, till volume

unbinds—till the page

cracks, spills read—

till the ocean

opens—the ocean

has never opened—


the tea leaves its leaves

(the waves turn over)

the sea leaves and leaves

(almost in sleep)

we leave love