A Walk Among Starfish

"Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away."

— Sarah Kay

A Walk Among Starfish 

I took a walk among the tide pools
the Azul clear waters contrasted
by the porous black lava rock
I search for wildlife of the sea

The rocks have smoothed
over the years from the waves
the starfish and mussels
have made this their home

I heard something I couldn't
quite put my finger on
it was soon washed away and the sounds
no longer echo from the walls of the cove

I caught a few mussels and put them in a sack
made from repurposed old clothes.
when I heard it again
the cries of a child

I move across the black rock,
the minerals sparkle in the sunlight.
I move closer, the waves follow me.
Then I see her, not a child
but a young woman, with a child's fear.

I stepped closer, she hides in the shadows
in a white shear sundress, wet and dirty
she has knelt down and has her arms
wrapped around her legs pulled to her chest

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