The Underside

Issue 08

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Shannon Lise

Shannon Lise was raised in Turkey, attended university in Texas, and is now located in Québec City. She holds a B.A. in English literature, philosophy, and psychology and is currently earning a doctorate in clinical psychology at Laval University.
She is the author of Such Excess of Light (Kelsay Books, 2021) and her recent work has appeared in Flypaper Lit, CERASUS, Viewless Wings Press, Agapanthus Collective, Plainsongs, and The Anti-Languorous Project. You can connect with her at

After “Hushing”, a painting by
Nikolai Dubovsky

If you had watched it from way out here, hovering
weightless over the water, half a mile from shore –

it would have been different. You would have seen
the other side of the clouds, the tops of the snowball

clouds brushed in green gold. But being, as you were,
alone in a fishing boat rumbled in shadow, you saw

only a thousand shades of dark driving you to the red-forests,
shelter from the coming rain. I wanted you

to join me in the amber water. But you never looked
my way. Had you seen the hills of snow on the upside

of the storm, you might have remembered what
playing felt like, you might have returned to your

fishing boat full of dreams, captain of a
mighty ship en route to conquer paradise.