In the distance, a baby cries,
the screams drifting through the August air
and I think of the sea;
I vanish to the shore, away
from everyday pain, drowning
the aches in the thunder of the waves;
pearly-white manes galloping
up and onto the sand.
My feet sink deeper
pushing aside beads of orange glass
softened by the tide;
I vanish into myself
eyes closed, turned toward the coastal breeze,
salty air nipping my cheeks and lips –
I run my tongue along them
to taste the ocean,
the blood rushing in my ears
mimicking the summer swells
in the deep blue distance;
and across this bridge in my mind
I can no longer hear the baby’s cries.
Kristiana Reed is a writer and an English Teacher living in the UK. She is the creator of My Screaming Twenties and sole editor of Free Verse Revolution on WordPress. She released her debut poetry collection, Between the Trees, in Spring 2019. Her work has been published in several poetry anthologies (Swear To Me, All The Lonely People, We Will Not Be Silenced), in the feminist issue of MAELSTROM Zine, in the inaugural issue (flight) from Nightingale and Sparrow, and in the seventh issue of Turnpike Magazine.
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