I vanish – Kristiana Reed

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.

Social media handles:

Instagram: @kristianamst

Facebook: @myscreamingtwenties

10 thoughts on “I vanish – Kristiana Reed

  1. I have been writing a song now for a few years, with one verse saying: She no longer lives by the ocean, she’s moved far away from the sea, she no longer loves by the river, misses her home by the bay, She no longer lives for other people, this autumn she lost all her point of view, about living…misses the waves.” And then to the bridge, no pun intended. Peace. Good writing. —CC

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