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Fourth Place Poem, “Sand”

Spring 2024 Multi-Media Contest

Sand

the sand was soft.

i dragged my feet deeper and deeper 

i couldn’t stop pacing

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i couldn’t pick up my feet.

i wanted the sand to bury me

to suffocate me and swallow me whole

my mouth full and my breath silent.

 

i wanted to be buried deep enough

so the tide could grab me

to carry me away

to take control of me.

everyone else got dragged away

i couldn’t control it.

 

now sand just erodes around me

and the tide keeps leaving

and the shore keeps changing

and i’m not suffocating

and i can’t control it.

 

you can hear me breathing

i’m still here

no one else is

i’m stuck in the sand

but at least it’s still soft.

 

2024 Poetry Contest Fifth Place Winner click here

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