Alternate uses for salt water

A barrier between
this and that, to
fill the vast crevasse keeping
home from away

A secret playground for
fish with silver fins
for wise old whales
for beasts we’ve never met

A canvas for masochism, on which
choking tumbling straining
are the companions of joy and of
the occasional common-or-garden miracle

A biting salve for wounds that
will not dare to fester;
an agent for a
precise and unyielding clean

A withered womb for salt to pour
onto the bones of memories to be
burned and forgotten, and never
ever cried over.


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