Border Control


By Jenny Morse

we pass
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
             like tourists?
do they fingerprint grains       charge
for broken visas        threaten jail time?

espera        someone will take you”
or someone
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 ReviewWilderness House, QuiddityYemassee, and Terrain. Her critical work has appeared in SeismopoliteThe Montreal Review, and Journal of Contemporary Thought.