DECLARATION – By Mauri Orr Stone


This floating island
is unclaimable.
It is happy, it is free.
Watch how it moves
in the direction of its will
regardless of current or tide.
It shall affix itself
to the island or main
of its choosing,
provided the decision is mutual.
Watch how it floats,
happy and free.


A middle-aged guy comfortable in his skin, Mauri Orr Stone lives in Louisiana,
where, unexpectedly, his roots are growing even deeper.



Declaration originally appeared in Gay Flash Fiction in May 2010.