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Alki Beach

Waves lapped against the mussels
Their shells black and glossy
like open wounds    spilling.

They open like the sea’s ears
to the nightly coo of bird babies.

The crab-
lied limp in pale orange body
like a dying sunset;

I returned it to the sea
cupped in white froth hands.

Alki Beach

Waves lapped against the mussels
Their shells black and glossy
like open wounds    spilling.

They open like the sea’s ears
to the nightly coo of bird babies.

The crab-
lied limp in pale orange body
like a dying sunset;

I returned it to the sea
cupped in white froth hands.

Tiffany Low, Newcastle

 
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