To Exist in This World

As published in Clarke University’s Tenth Muse, Volume 4, Spring 2014
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            Inspired by “Legend,” a lithograph by V. Torrence

 There is a boy in the sand

He sits on jutted grey stones

a precipice of earth

along the edge of the shore

He thinks

about common things

the capacity of a human brain

features and fissures

pointed nose, thick plates of bone

sliding together

The Earth

and its marble shape

countries like patterns of stars

across wind-whipped skies

Tornadoes and black clouds like granite

The unnamed children

standing voiceless

on invisible ledges with

hollow, open mouths

The key to a map

of a lonely, sunless beach

And a boy

like a single grain of sand at his feet,