Drowned Optimism

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Sunday Mini-Challenge: Shallows, Deeply

I realise I’m a bit late but I really liked the look of this challenge: to show there still be dragons below and within and around us and find something deep in a shallow world, writing deeply in a shallow space—using little, saying much in five or so lines. 

Drowned Optimism

The morning tide kissed my naked feet

And, turning on a heartbeat,

Rushed back down the flattened beach

To join the breakers, out of reach.

I dug a stone up from the sand,

Rubbed the grains off in my hand,

Tried to skim it on the spumy swell

And watched my hopeful pebble as it fell

Into the murky depths of ocean,

Teased and tugged by its turbulent motion.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016




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