Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. Widely anthologized, she is the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. She is also the publisher of Paloma Press, an independent press publishing poetry & prose, and editor of MiGoZine, an online lit mag featuring poetry as a future historical source.
In Half Moon Bay
there are all these halves at the edge of the sea,
like half a heart of shore briefly cradling
a sea star that has bravely lost its arms.
When its stone coral mouth is already
drained of sea water, its spine of honeycombed
lime would be the last to go. At low tide,
the feisty and starry flounder leaves tracks
in pursuit of ghost shrimp; while the shy and
snowy plover wades in and out of waves,
not playing but foraging for sand hoppers,
its fortune tied with the tides like sand
and moonshine. But count on the bread to still
rise on century-old bricks six days a week,
like goodwill, or good fortune inside a wave.