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. ,, the song of nature – beautiful

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  3. A lovely read to start off the day! I can almost smell the sea from your words.

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  5. dorifoster1966

    I can see and smell the salt air as I read your poem

  6. It’s so simple, yet speaks volumes.

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  8. sneeak

    Really enjoyed this, thank you for sharing.

  9. cchonosphotography

    That is a beautiful poem

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  12. Rodolfo

    nice poem

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  14. Do you do slam poetry at all?

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    Nice …. Do check mine also

  16. Beautiful 😘
    Follow me for prose and poems

  17. modernsouls

    60 odd words triggered a beautiful painting before my eyes..😍
    The poem is really amazing 😅😄

  18. Wow. That is beautiful 👍🏻

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  21. A story tells, but poetry speaks. This poem is truly lovely ❤

  22. Anna Mist

    This is so beautiful. I love it.

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  24. Excellent work. Thought provoking Charlotte.

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  29. This poem is very beautiful. Thank you very much to share this.

  30. Beautifully written, love the choice of words and the music in the interaction of them.

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    This is so beautiful and it lets your imagination wander in a world of its own.

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  34. Shells tearing skin seeking soul. Words are powerful. They can cut deep, they can build and lift you, comfort you in your lonely spaces… this is beautiful

  35. soultravel

    This is very beautifully written and reflects your imagination perfectly.

  36. Beautiful… I could breathe fresh and crisp air while reading this

  37. umartshow

    So deep!

  38. This poem is very beautiful! Our mummy reads us poems a lot and we especially like ones about nature and animals and the ocean!
    One day I hope I can write poems that make people as happy as this one makes me.
    Wolf, Bear and Monkey

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