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Her Ocean

June 3, 2019

PROMPT: Water Body

She breathes and Her supple skin swells
cresting, crashing across Her collarbone,
her fickle fingers finish flitting (meanwhile the water wells,
feeding on the fear of Her own body, the ocean unknown)

but should callous hands capture Her
drop down a line from a dry deck to go fishing for a feeling
and serendipitously send shivers rippling across Her waters
coaxing the so-called cursed secret from Her offing

even while still too scared to get his own feet wet
(i hope only that when the waves calm
She can escape the fisherman’s net
and dive back down with new aplomb

to escape the boater in what he saw as his sea
blind to the fact that this swim would be her apogee)


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