Against the Glass

by Michael Dylan Welch, Margaret Rutley, and Sidney Bending


First published in Blithe Spirit 33:3, August 2023, page 59. Also published in Raining Rengay #2, October 2023. Written in April and May of 2020.



summer vacation—

the aquarium door handle

shaped like a seahorse Michael


mesmerized . . .

a bloom of lucent jellyfish Margaret


sticky fingers

the sea urchin twitches

in a touch tank Sidney


the look in its eyes

circling shark Michael


teenagers tap

against the glass

a cloud of octopus ink Margaret


asleep at sunset

two otters holding paws Sidney