how to let go of what you never had

start with

wet sand
hard underfoot
waves seep in
soft foam sticks
to ankles as
water pulls

stay for an
overcast day in
northern california

shirts untuck
gulls coast
high above on a
salty chill

arms around chest
to secure warmth

toes curl and uncurl
embed small flakes of
broken down life
in the crevasses
between nail and skin

let go by allowing
wind to pull forward
instead of letting earth
hold back


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