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Beachcombing

Curious, I lift it from the beach.
Water falls from the heel, it's sand
Plastered, crusty with salt and weed.
It must have tumbled and turned

For many months in the ocean swell.
Was the shoe lost when the tide came in?
Or is the small foot it fitted so well
No longer running, walking or turning?

I do what seems the only thing to do:
Let it drop, with a splash, into the surf's roar,
Wipe my hands clean. It seems not to
Belong to the dry land anymore.

 

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