Paradise / Immortality

June 29, 2020

Feet in the sand, I stare out at the horizon
Ocean sprawls on for an eternity

Am I immortal?

Waves crash down like thunder claps
I move forward and leave past impressions of progress
The sun shines bright and marks my skin with beads
Uncontrollably warm, I enter into a haze

(I shot)/(the sun)

Past lovers stand before me in winter coats and hats
You are wrong, I tell them, the seasons have changed
Wind blows and the sand dissipates

Where am I?

Too hot, I enter into the melted ice cube
Remembrance stabs through my body as water cools my system
Fish come up and greet me, speaking some language I do not understand
I attempt to converse but I do not know how
Angered, the fish bit my person mercilessly
I exit the water
A crab scuttles past, oblivious to my presence
determined to get home and be with his family
“March on, Crab!” I exclaim
He is eaten by a seagull who picks him up and drops him


I trek back towards umbrellas and towels
back towards order and structure and bubble gum
I leave, but before departure I look back
The ocean waves and litter smiles.

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