We made the sea a woman
because we needed someone to blame for Foster Williams fluttering like a coal-mine canary into the fat, catch-penny glow of the dead. As a kid, I made the sea a hundred jagged-backs slumping to shore as a brute militia. And it’s true, some nights, the Atlantic leaves salt on the shore-side windows, but it isn’t a beast born of bottled night-sweat. The beast has always been in me. In the midday, there’s a depth to the Atlantic so deep even the light can’t touch it.