“Another Water”

by Jade Nicole Beals

Could stop you as if with a kiss. 
You said you’d seen your heart like ice— 
I'd found it like sweet ice, essentially fruit, 
melting into renewed strength. 
I’ve thought of you as pure onyx, 
an emerald afire, 
glowing the whole sunset hour,
cooling in the dark, inspired.
I am listening to the ocean waves, eyes soft,
almost closing, gazing downward, I wonder, 
What's this music I've heard before?
It’s the lines you'd measured 
the soft lapping of the sea
and ocean wave cymbals 
written into your lines
that I still hear from here
without you here.

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