under an arch and wave to a cab;
even in Spanish it’s the same,
“you can’t get there from here”
cross here to the lake
of shared underwater borders,
as if one side controls the waves
do they fine for erosion sand
dunes? carry territory up this hill
do they fingerprint grains charge
for broken visas threaten jail time?
“espera someone will take you”
will take you back
Jenny Morse completed her PhD at the University of Illinois-Chicago and currently teaches at Colorado State University. Her poetry has been published in Notre Dame Review, Wilderness House, Quiddity, Yemassee, and Terrain. Her critical work has appeared in Seismopolite, The Montreal Review, and Journal of Contemporary Thought.