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Treading the Breakers

byjd4george©

                        — After Sue Walker’s “Shorings”



There are no footprints in the sea
no measure of forgiveness
just the tender chorus
sung softly by pink shells
held to the ear
hollow voices whispering
things no lips can tell

No two coastlines
tell the same story
wave upon wave of whitecapped arms
bend the sand
and grind life between the rocks
Aunt Sara said
“The fish don’t feel no pain”

Lit by the moon
the waves throb back verse
couplet tides that swell and ebb
seaweed and dried starfish
transform themselves
into a child’s treasure
she hides in her room

Alice couldn’t see the sea
when she was ten feet tall
or the late rabbit mumbling tails
secrets out of rhyme
dangled innocence read
in noontide watermark
bent sand and pounded rock

Aunt Sara said
“The fish don’t feel no pain”
and the child ain’t the same
she listens to the quiet songs
of little fishes lost at sea
her footprints marked
by the treading breakers




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