I’ve been living on this island for as long as I can remember.
My arms span out like anchor, untethered
My body this boat to swing across the sandy sea.
He, a prophecy, projected in the miles of spillage
Ruinage, oil staining my beautiful sandy beaches,
A taste of sunlight for the furthest reaches,
Even for the fish with the scales painted black
I may be alone, but I can scrub them clean before I throw them back.
My hair catches winds that unfurl my sails,
I am a traveler.
I’m not really a poet, I’m just trying to find my way
Learn about myself more through every hour, every day.
And I don’t have to rhyme, at least not all the time,
And even if I did it’s not like anyone would be here to listen
As my fingers are only means to point to the stars glisten
-ing even on the darkest of nights, when I hear a voice calling to me,.
Beckoning, plastic slides and yellow beetles,
Yellow boots and skinned knees that bleed all
Over the lawn as dogs bark from the yard over,
Asking if I was alright, challenging each clover.
These flashes of memories blur before my eyes,
Gone before I can realize, just what I’ve come to lose.
Memories are like a pounding bruise, but my mind stays just the same.
The most powerful gift someone can have is one’s brain
And if there is one thing a brain learns first,
It’s about object permanence, how existence works.
But I can only count myself lucky because I still remember what bothers me most,
Like arms that restrict and things that smell gross,
I can’t name them all but even the way my arms felt a little too small.
But the good thing about memory- the good thing about it,
Is that you can look at every situation, get some perspective and sit.
I fend for myself on a this island, so my arms have grown despite bile and,
I can speak in rhymes in between the lines or sometimes just not at all.
But it weren’t for my mind, my memories I have locked inside,
I wouldn’t have anything to criticize or even compare.
There’d just be me and the lonely, me and my strong hands.
Picking myself up and scrubbing my beautiful beach sands.