earthstrungheart (Mauritania) published:

Waterbones // First Swim

PROMPT: Poetry and Spoken Word Competition 2019

ocean tastes of blue blood, shaken. girl agape. swallowing her
darkness by the fistful. she is toenails drenched in ice-coated

sweat and mother’s drain perfume. tasting citrus and death. her fingers
play numb, melon-charred, grappling for surface, for throes of plasticky pink.

girl afloat. planets ripped out of her spine. space breathing in the
emptiness beneath her soles and corpse-slung grounds. lost. her speech

woven through throttled gasps, seaweed, aching unintelligible. words
clustered in a thread of blubber and bones. ...

over 1 year ago