Oscar_Locke

Australia

these are my letters
to myself.

Message to Readers

trying to improve my writing.

sand grains

September 6, 2019

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trilled, my trillion lies
this sea of white
under footstep and strife
the sunsets pap and pinken
yawn as cherries
the apple seeds black 
and the sight
of my body 
the open arms, folded
like seabirds over sand
i flight, i
-
run, counting grains
counting hours as if they are days
the pathways widen
o, crescent moon
like spirits gauzy, 
you hate
and i run out of words
tongues of leaves, tongue
with their roots and their
dates, i 
-
throw myself to mud
and wallow, and bathe
glyphs of grains
rice and dust and sand-
-and
the cost of eating
the cost of giving up
hummingbird hearts pound
and the feeling of thunderstorms
the paddies crushed
testing water for depth
and light for darkness
my mirror refuses to reflect
-
a poet watching stars
distant
ignores the grasshopper
glistening
eating the grain
-
how these wildflowers cry
as the buses flow home
and i am still
clutching white horses, and peach
sunrise
like i have found everything in dust
yet the meaning
a seed, a pip, a grain
i cannot count them now
never-
-
not even tonight.

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3 Comments
  • rainandsonder

    i hope this doesn’t sound weird or creepy but you could really be a famous poet later on. your poetry is definitely one of my favorites, if not my absolute favorite, on this website.


    about 1 year ago
  • r|A|i|N

    i love your brand of insightful and clever poetry - the words always fit so perfectly together and the conclusions are satisfyingly awakening. keep writing!


    about 1 year ago
  • aryelee

    "the cost of eating / the cost of giving up / hummingbird hearts pound / and the feeling of thunderstorms / the paddies crushed / testing water for depth / and light for darkness / my mirror refuses to reflect" and " a poet watching stars / distant / ignores the grasshopper / glistening / eating the grain" so so beautiful and made me feel so many emotions that i can't name. this is such an incredible piece, thank you for sharing it!!


    about 1 year ago