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(Pacific Ocean at dusk near Newport, Oregon)

 

SINGLE

 

I watch the tide recess,

shore growing wider,

footprints and castles,

umbrellas swallowed

 

by sky, bridging all

until darkness makes

the next step unsure,

splash of conjure.

 

I pretend I am in love

and the moon is my date.

We pass notes, order

wine, and when I

 

forget to tip, I am

reminded I have

nothing to lose:

I have stars, bodies

 

drawn to guide me

and this reach

of blessed beach

with its day erased.

 

- Leslie Anne Mcilroy

 

 

Blogger's note:  Special thank you to Leslie for giving me permission to post this.  Leslie is not only an award winning poet, she is also a friend and a fellow art lover.  You can learn more about Leslie and her work, including her latest book "Slag" which features the poem above, by clicking here:  http://lamcilroy.org/

 

I have chosen this poem to kick off the month of February, which for some is a time of happiness and for others is a time of longing.  Happy February to all, regardless of whether you are single or otherwise.


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