Clarissa Aykroyd grew up in Victoria, Canada. She has lived in Dublin and now lives in London. Her work has appeared in The Island Review, The Missing Slate and Lighthouse, among others. Her blog is www.thestoneandthestar.blogspot.co.uk
The sun balanced on the palace roof
and suddenly all the statues had wings.
To fly from the seven hills? I asked
but the wind took the answers away.
The patient waves played a game of angles,
the heat had me begging. Where are you?
Chessboard city. Beyond the rivermouth
explorers were colliding with the currents.