• Endria Richardson

Audre Lorde Variation: “What My Child Learns of the Sea”

What I learned of the sea

of a woman’s body,

of the folded interest,

is chaff

and unyielding. 

It is slender and erect

as the only sound I offer:

I, I, I.

What my lover learned of the sea

is the wind moving over her like an ocean,

the steadiness of water hung over the sand,

and each grain

a particle, only, of beauty. 

What anger in my voice

made me reject the gull’s eye in your eye

unleash the dry waters at our feet

fold sand into my heart

lash our waters with each pebble

and say it is the wind.

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