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To carry on our love of all things poetry and to keep the energy high, I will continue to post poems by the contributing poets to the anthology until the Colorado Book Awards on May 21, 2017 (info by clicking here).

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Today’s poem is by contributing poet: Dean K Miller

Survivor

SURVIVOR

A hand breaks the ocean’s surface
grasping at air, searching for life.
Connected to what I cannot fathom.
Scattered in the foam, covered by a swell.
It disappears and I am alone.

Overhead a gull screams–
Anguish? Despair? Hunger?
No morsels to be found.
Poison food killed his flock.
A hand breaks the ocean’s surface.

Two thousand miles up the coast
the gull’s cry cannot be heard.
My hope is broken, my skin tears as
I claw over urchin covered rocks–
grasping at air, searching for life.

Somehow I have survived.
Against the odds and
against my wishes
something knows I am here.
Connected to what–I cannot fathom.

The searing sun bakes my skin
now cracked and peeling.
I bleed from salt encrusted wounds.
My dreams are lost,
scattered in the foam, covered by a swell.

Nights and days; I lost track.
Now in the distance–
a ship’s horn beckons
from the horizon.
It disappears and I am alone.

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