Poetry Contest Runner-Up

Tobias Wray

Sci-fi Aubade


Say God breaks his covenant

and floods return Manhattan to the deep

where future fisherman dive for pearls.

Say a diver blacks out from the pressure,

rises like a dark flare sent against the storm,

and surfaces, blooming on the heavy waves.

To the creatures below, he’ll sleepily wave

his arms like tendrils, like a hungry, beckoning thing

that survived the flood to become predator</