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from sea 1890



In a prehistoric painting, the sea
is a slumbering green picture

with one rock by the sideway.
The young are bounding into waters,
laid awake by the shore, finely lined

with the confessing greys: sloped
like shoulders, like the currents
shearing the strident’s feet,

now porcelain and hungry.
The sand crinkles as if the earthen husk
is flowing into each other

like wet paintings, sonic knockings
on white-chip walls, the whisper
of a curved brine gathered at the back

of an orchard. The sun is abating,
like eyes at sea, next to the knead

of the white rocks from the underway.
The young are damp from the rivulets,
folded into the granite rocks: the slope

gradually heading into abyss.


Alisha Yi is a rising senior at Ed. W Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Princeton University, and Hollins University, among others. She has work in or forthcoming from Slice Magazine, the Miami Rail, Hermeneutic Chaos, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and elsewhere. When she isn’t writing, she is running free in desert lands.

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