I walked in night’s syrup down a Hermit Island road, caught between snoring and 3 A.M. loving,
waiting for the fish to wake. I felt the heat
of stars and sand’s abrasives, the mad interplay
of elements thrusting at moccasins and eyes.
Ahead, the moon pushed light’s broad blade
down through the perfection of trees, a leaf
scattered delight, a late moth struggled toward
the infinities. I drank my beer, remembering
a starfish caught hours before on a burst of rocks,
its five fingers searching, as my senses did,
for momentary salvation. I realized I had no
enemies, I had no hate. I moved out, into, and was
alone, with the grace of stars and the abrasives of sand.
Tom Sheehan is a prolific, award-winning writer and a great friend of Faith Hope & Fiction. Among Hermit Island Salvation, Tom’s many accomplishments are: 33 Pushcart Prize nominations, five Best of the Net nomination (one winner), short story awards from Nazar Look for 2012-2015, and a Georges Simenon Fiction Award. He has published 32 books and has four books in a publisher’s production line.
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