Darwin Was Seasick For The Entire 5 Years

On the Beagle
in crepuscular light
wearing his human face
he made preparations
for the epiphany
wrapping himself
in the grace
of uncertainty
he kept a kind of
clenched excitement
in his notebooks
as if he knew
they were holding
a vision disproportionate
to their size.

Previously published in Calamus Journal

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Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of four books, including, The Mercy of Traffic, winner of the Phillip H. McMath 2020 Post-Publication Award and five chapbooks. Her work appears in Atlanta Review, Mom Egg Review, pacificREVIEW and this spring Doubleback Books reprinted her 2008 book, Discount Fireworks as a free download.