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Mont Saint Michel

Jordan Elizabeth Smith

From a distance, the statue of St. Michel at the top of the abbey, safe in his metal cage, looks out over the landlocked bay islands, and whispers

prayers for the drowned.


The tides at the island six hundred

meters from the coast of

Normandy vary depending on if

the sun and moon

are in syzygy or quadrature,


but all I knew walking

barefoot to the abbey was

the way the hard-packed 

sand gave way to calf-deep

mud encasing my ankles

in inches of sludge.

Jordan Elizabeth Smith is a poet and playwright living in Austin, TX. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, she was awarded the James F. Parker Prize in Poetry, and received honors for her creative thesis, a poetry manuscript entitled "The Use of Violence." She currently works as an early literacy tutor serving low-income students in Austin. This is her debut poetry publication.

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