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child of the sea

February 8, 2019
By laylanajee SILVER, Copley, Ohio
laylanajee SILVER, Copley, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.'

'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'


i am a child of the sea.
my throat is filling with saltwater,
i don’t know why this weighs me down so.
 
in the night when i become a shadow among them,
all i want is a lighthouse to lead me home.
there are barnacles on my arms, scattered like freckles,
but by now i’ve already forgotten what they mean.
i walk tracing circles in the dirt with my toes,
the dance flows through my body,
it knows it’s origins even if i do not.
or at least that is true until i stop.
the dance is not over, but for me it is.
 
i know that somewhere there is a lighthouse,
covered in paint-chipped red and white,
standing on top of the rocks,
with a hazy yellow light shining into the emptiness,
looking for me.
 
and i will find it.



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