Jo-Ella Sarich lives in Petone, New Zealand and has practised as a lawyer for a number of years, recently returning to poetry after a long hiatus. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Verse News, Quarterly Review, Poets Reading the News, The Galway Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Blackmail Press, takahē magazine and the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017.
Mainland (a climate change poem)
I expect I'll be seeing more of you, your sea lips
bright with the taste of land. The sleeves
of my jacket are still wet from yesterday, as I
step outside into today's downpour. Your moat is
facile, you know, like the sharks in it. Like the plank
of myself I lay across the denial sinkhole. Look,
the Rest of Them are further away today
than they were yesterday. Yesterday it was only the cross-
sectional rub of our fingertips and
a thin sandspit that held us connected.