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Cresting over the crooked teeth of the shore,
The waves lick the base-crumpled cliff.
Every shoreline has a tide
That is constantly returning to
Shake that fine line between sanity and fear and fear of sanity.
Each accomplished stride of the salt-laden waves,
A newborn
blinking in the light.
We forget to breathe each time the water pounds over
Our sunken chests.
And I wonder if Frida Kahlo held her breath when she
first painted those mangled scars.
The same way a soldier forgets to breathe the
First time his finger caresses the trigger.
But my lungs remember
the wind heavy with salt and a tired hope
Skimming over the manic tumult of the ocean.

Have you seen anything this terrifying?
Have you seen anything this alive?

So leave your paintbrush and your gun in the sand
I wont throw you a lifeline
But I'll meet you on the shore

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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Oceantide said...
today at 5:50 pm:
This... I don't have any words to describe how amazing this poem is. It's so well written! You should be really proud of yourself! Keep up the good work!
 
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Dani_31 said...
today at 3:06 pm:
hey, i really really like this poem it expresses so much engery and imagery its very good and i have to say your very talented and you have a future in poetry, i like how you express every little feeling. Very impressed
 
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OlveraJorge1 said...
today at 2:18 pm:
Last three lines really wrapped up the piece effectively. I was really intrigued and want to read more from you! Kepp it up?  
 
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CTS207This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 12:43 pm:
Great imagery, and volcabulary
 
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