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Lost to the Sea

June 30, 2020

I want to feel love for my childhood but I don't remember much of it.
I come from ships, and hotel chefs, and men
Who owned post offices, and children
Lost to the sea. I come from pages
And pages of names, of Louisa's and Anne's,
And old letters with forgotten meanings. 
I fell off the playground once, onto wood chips,
And I wrote a poem about the war.
This is my childhood and my history,
My lineage that trails back across oceans,
To a brick house, to an ironing board,
To a nugget of lost gold in the sea. 
I want to feel love for my childhood,
But I only have the names, and the places, 
And the signatures at the bottoms of pages,
And a wariness of the water, 
That fear has carried across time, 
As inherent as the family name. I want to feel love
For my ancestors, but only the names
And the fear remain. 

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10 Comments
  • Tula.S

    I love how you use specific details to say something greater than them. The signaturas, the names, the ironing board. That's lovely.


    3 months ago
  • Bhavya's Treasure (Bewitching Tombstone #Queenie's Halloween)

    Many Congratulations for getting featured! :)
    The poem speaks so much! We want to feel the love of our ancestors but the seas have washed them away... And we can only find them in their keepsakes. Beautiful!


    3 months ago
  • Kavee R

    Sweet poem...I think all of us feel that way..


    3 months ago
  • anne_shirley04

    This poem was interesting, I loved reading about your family background. There is one spelling mistake at the bottom..um..did you mean to write remain or remains? In the last line? The overall idea is very intriguing though, so many people came before us, but we really know nothing of them! So many secrets that may never be discovered...


    3 months ago
  • BizzleWrites

    I love this!


    3 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Really awesome! Perhaps a rhyming scheme would it a little stronger, but still really good!


    3 months ago
  • ~wildflower~

    Amazing! I really love the piece and the title just fits it perfectly!


    3 months ago
  • olivia.buckle

    This is incredible, and the imagery is so powerful!!


    3 months ago
  • Kit-Kat Sully

    Very interesting.


    3 months ago
  • Anlee

    ooo this is very chilling...that ending is wOw
    loved this <33


    4 months ago