Clams open and close to the rhythm of the tides they live in and continue to do so when transported to other water. Once, New Jersey clams were taken to Ohio where they kept their rhythm to New Jersey tides, until one day they stopped opening. A few days later, they began to open and close again in the rhythm of the tides of Ohio— if Ohio had an ocean, that is.

José Angel Araguz is a 2014 Canto Mundo fellow. He has had poems recently in Rattle and RHINO as well as forthcoming flash fiction in NANO Fiction and Pretty Owl Poetry. He is presently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati. thefridayinfluence.wordpress.com