Mother

She walked alone, sand between her toes.
Fine like silk but heavy,
It pulled her down.
Water laced with bubbles settled in stains on the
Folded hems of her jeans.
Sky was overwhelming;
It hovered dangerously above.
She was small.

She walked a little bigger, sand between her toes.
Soft like his skin might be but heavy,
It pulled her down.
Water filled with life tasted good on her
Tongue that tasted everything.
Sky was almost real;
It was too high up yet so close to her fingertips.
She was big, but she felt small.

She carried him now, sand between her toes.
Fast like his breath but heavy,
It pulled them down.
Water kissed by salt stung her
Eyes that were his too.
Sky was pretty;
It was blue and white and very very tall.
She was small again, but she felt big.


Fingers pressed together, sand between their toes.
Teased like feathers, but heavy,
It pulled them down.
Water was slippery between their
Hands that held fast anyway.
Sky was so alive;
Growing lovelier every day.
She was big.

He wouldn’t hold her hand anymore, sand between their toes.
Coarse like pepper, but heavy,
It pulled them down.
Water washed his brown
Hair yellow, but hers stayed brown.
Sky was bitter with rain;
But she thought it was beautiful anyway.
She was big, but she felt small.

She walked alone, sand between her toes.
Fine like silk but heavy,
It pulled her down.
Water laced with bubbles settled in stains on the
Folded hems of her jeans.
Sky was overwhelming;
It hovered dangerously above.
She was small.

Katlyn Huang, Age 16, Grade 11, Hunter College High School, Gold Key

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