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Gray Sky, Gray Sea

By Marge Pellegrino

waves crash and churn on an incoming tide


we claw on polished sand


step on abandoned crab shells


brittle at the edge of the sea


a sea like our son who slaps


at our feet forcing


our path towards the breakwater away


from the sleek dolphins arching beyond


the waves break pushing


us back away from the seals who watch


us as they bob in the swells


distancing us from the promise of the horizon


the sea shoves us back


and away like our child who


once found comfort in our nearness


our manchild like this incoming tide


makes us keep our distance

Marge Pellegrino, spent time in Babylon during her childhood summers. She lives in Tucson, AZ and has worked with the Owl & Panther expressive art program for refugees since 1999. Her children's book Too Nice is available in five languages. Her books Journey of Dreams and The Sculpture Speaks both share stories about refugees during the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s. Her poetry has appeared in SandScript Literary Magazine, Arizona: 100 Years, 100 Poets, Writing from the Darkness: An Anthology of Poetry by Refugees in Transition edited by Ann Dernier, and Amaranth Review.

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