Marvel the Ocean

By Eugenie Juliet Theall

When I could not be there,

I read Neruda, turned my back

to the sun so the verse was in shadow,

dreamed we were at the beach,

listening to waves under starlight.

I took your hands, cupped my breasts,

so you could feel their true weight.


Eugenie Juliet Theall was born and raised in White Plains, New York, and was introduced to poetry by her mother, which ignited a deep passion. She completed her fourth degree, an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and has workshopped extensively, including in Nairobi, Kenya, where she founded a children’s library. Currently, she teaches creative writing and English to middle school children, and continues to fundraise for the Kenyan scholarship fund she also established. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Carquinez Poetry Review, The Chaffin Journal, CQ, Curbside Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Eclipse, Flash!Point, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Illuminations, Lullwater Review, Mudfish, Oregon East Magazine, Passage, Quercus Review, Red Rock Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Slipstream. Miss Theall’s work also won first place in the Elizabeth McCormack/Inkwell contest.

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