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the boy picks away at her, unraveling her conscience by the seams
as if by undressing her thoughts he can undress her body, that’s the idea
but no, the girl contains multitudes
a sprawling beach of expansive individual measure, omnipresent in her serenity and peace
but one day she looked into his shallow pool and saw an ocean
an ocean that washes up and leaves nothing behind but sand and salty residue but she sees it as a glimmering sea of halcyon anyways
so when his hands like the cresting waves crawl over her shore
she’s caught in the riptide of his words and his fragile fancy
his brackish humor and relaxed disposition drowned her out
but worst of all she doesn’t see her beautiful wildlife being pulled out to sea
ecosystems inside families inside homes, all of it
all of the life hosted inside the girls sand soul
she lets it rot, neglecting to nourish the richest parts inside of her
and so festering like a virus, the life she contains dies slowly
the girl has been stripped of her common sense, her creativity, her identity
the girl is a shell, hollowed out and breakable
and the boy picked her up and tossed her into his pool 
to lay (in the opposite of peace, mind you) with every other shell that had come before her

Copyright © Leah Ollie | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 1/5/2019 5:25:00 PM

    enjoyed your poem today Leah