Dream of the Rising Sea

by | Aug 11, 2020 | Issue Sixteen, Poetry

I am walking between two loose narratives, connected by a seaside promenade. Rising from dark water, my childhood’s plastic toys and adulthood’s kitchen utensils float near the stony edge. I can’t resist gathering things within reach with promises to use them in my new life. I ignore my drowning sneakers. Lost in object memories, more sentimentals bubble up, begging for rescue. A favorite shirt billows alive in the current. By the time the waves grab my knees, I struggle to free the armful of everything I don’t need. When I understand the sea won’t stop eating the land, I cannot decide which way to best reach higher ground. The promenade is gone, so I skim the surface, now adrift with tarot cards.

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