Unkept lighthouses blink electric

at lobster boats, boards on beach house

windows, the stiff crash of wave on cliff


The girls under the dunes

beat their palms against the sand


The beach pulses with them

if you’ve got the right eyes


January is the best time to look:

the restless cold

the pound of the ocean


like a pretty mouth

chewing on police reports

like a mother’s heartbeat

pulling them home



Cassandra de Alba’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Red Lightbulbs, Illuminati Girl Gang, Strange Horizons, and Drunken Boat, among other publications. Her most recent chapbooks are called Bloodlust (No Spaceships Allowed) and Special Bitch Academy. She lives in Massachusetts and blogs at outsidewarmafghans.tumblr.com.