an ocean

by Charlotte Covey

you will never be
just a poem. you will
be rocks breaking
ribs, angelfish kissing
wounds. you will be
bouquets of seaweed & jagged
shells tearing skin, seeking
soul. you will be light
in the trench, sandy floor
tempting toes, fins for
finding home. you will be
the water filling lungs.
Charlotte Covey is from St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has poetry published or forthcoming in journals such as the minnesota review, Salamander Review, The Normal School, CALYX Journal, and The Boiler Journal. In 2015, she was nominated for an AWP Intro Journal Award. She is co-editor-in-chief of Milk Journal.


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72 responses to “an ocean

  1. Winnie Andango

    I write poetry too and I loved this one, Beautiful.

  2. Thanks for your best words. Grat poetry on amazing nature.

  3. I am keen to prose but this poetry is really good. I have feelings like, I am looking at ocean.

  4. Lovely poem really draws you in with your words

  5. Great poem! i do some poem writing myself !

  6. “you will be light in the trench”. To being a light, who knows, we might unknowingly be something for someone.

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  10. Poetry, I believe is just words trying to be images and memories. What a better example than this truly lovely poem.

  11. just gorgeous!! you’re a great talent 🙂

  12. Really loved the way you’ve written it! I wish I too could write like that…

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  14. Love the breaking rhythms of the poem with all the “ing” movement, very ocean like gentle and strong.

  15. “You will never be just a poem”. I love this.

  16. tgopalan747

    Nature Mature…

  17. TribeTwelve

    This one is awesome… loved it

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