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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Clarissa Aykroyd grew up in Victoria, Canada and studied at the University of Victoria. She has also lived in Dublin and is now a resident of London, UK. Her work has appeared in The Missing Slate, And Other Poems, Ink Sweat & Tears and in anthologies, and she was a contributor to Ireland's The Gathering Poem. She has been nominated for the 2015 and 2016 Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of a blog about poetry and poets, The Stone and the Star

Clarissa Aykroyd


Qualicum Beach

It is hard to know where the light falls from
when it is everywhere. Light is the sea.
In my mind I filled a bowl with the sun
and waves like a heartbeat against the stones.
Now before me the sea is like a mind
of endless thoughts and equivocal love.
I can add nothing to it. I can give
nothing. The unwanting waves are beating
and my hands are empty but I am full
of solace that only the ocean brings.