Clarissa Aykroyd grew up in Victoria, Canada and studied at the University of Victoria. She has also lived in Dublin and is now a resident of London, UK. Her work has appeared in The Missing Slate, And Other Poems, Ink Sweat & Tears and in anthologies, and she was a contributor to Ireland's The Gathering Poem. She has been nominated for the 2015 and 2016 Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of a blog about poetry and poets, The Stone and the Star http://thestoneandthestar.blogspot.co.uk/
It is hard to know where the light falls from
when it is everywhere. Light is the sea.
In my mind I filled a bowl with the sun
and waves like a heartbeat against the stones.
Now before me the sea is like a mind
of endless thoughts and equivocal love.
I can add nothing to it. I can give
nothing. The unwanting waves are beating
and my hands are empty but I am full
of solace that only the ocean brings.