Poetry – “The Masses”

waves

 

The Masses // by Jennifer Patino

 

When we are broken and

breaking waves make debris

of our already shipwrecked selves,

we’ll grip any shore,

we’ll feel our cold fingers

 

                                                   sink

                                                                                                   sink

                                                                                                                                               sink

Every sense of a solid foundation

has the strength to suck us into it

 

Sometimes we just need out

of the poisonous sea,

to return to dry land,

rest our fighting feet

 

We try to stay, stay grounded,

stay covered in blankets of

seashells,

                                              (because dead life is pretty)

 

The roar of the swell calls,

summons, insists on us being

subservient

 

The call of the colossal

crashing digs into our skin

like our bed of sea urchin

needles, like the smell of

salt among deep aridity, the hope

of newness after miles

of plunging sand

 

Before the last of our bones

become driftwood, we linger

between the light of the rare

sunshine and hours and hours

of midnight blue and we

 

                                                    drown

                                                                                     drown

                                                                                                                        drown

The bottom of this body of

antiquity is where you learn

to finally breathe

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