All the Things Come Back to You

by Matthew Schultz


Aerosmith, “Dream On”


A woman sat upon the crest of Hermosa Beach with her toes pushed into the white sand. She wore a wide-brimmed hat of woven straw and watched as the waves crawled toward her, one after the other. They were relentless. There was a stillness about the woman that the ocean would not abide––even the tide had risen to meet her, carrying with it sacred songs from the unfathomed deep. The woman sitting on the beach recognized the tune and she sang along. Her voice was outrageous, Just, and True. It shattered the moon into dust that sent nebulous rings purling the planet like carousel swings. The woman went along for the ride.




Matthew Schultz is the author of two novels: On Coventry and We, The Wanted. His recent poems appear in Olney Magazine, Second Chance Lit, and Glitchwords. He has a poetry chapbook forthcoming from 2River Press this fall titled Parallax as well as a full-length collection (Icaros) and a chapbook (With Ghosts) forthcoming from ELJ Editions in May 2022.