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Desperation
 
of​ ​swimming
too​ ​deep
beneath
the​ ​surface
 
quick​ ​paddle
of​ ​feet
 
an​ ​unmitigated​ ​focus
on​ ​the​ ​rippling​ ​sun

 

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of​ ​so​ ​many​ ​pleases​ ​oneaftertheother​ ​without​ ​pause

 

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of​ ​wide​ ​eyes

 

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of​ ​fists​ ​clenched
 
crescent​ ​indents​ ​left
on​ ​skin

 

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of​ ​laughter​ ​just​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​too​ ​loud

 

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of​ ​“you’re​ ​so​ ​whitewashed”
 
historically​ ​being
a​ ​compliment
 
to​ ​the​ ​yellow-skinned

 

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of​ ​lightening​ ​products
applied
twice​ ​daily
 
of​ ​lotions​ ​meant
 
to​ ​slow
down
 
the​ ​process
 
of​ ​aging

 

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of​ ​feet​ ​stumbling
quickstep
in​ ​their​ ​attempt
to​ ​catch​ ​up

 

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of​ ​swimming​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​too​ ​far​ ​out​ ​into​ ​the​ ​horizon
 
causing
weight​ ​in​ ​arms
 
that​ ​moment​ ​of​ ​forgetting

 

which​ ​way
is​ ​land




Jacqueline Young