New poem “Tides” by Matthew McGuirk


The sea erases traced lines in sand on dark nights:
the time your words landed wrong
or mind did,
a forgotten anniversary, 
or the hasty message scribbled in a card 
picked up at the last moment. 
All the things I wanted to say and 
all the things I didn’t
scrawled in the sand. 
The tip of my foot drawing careful letters, 
messages nobody would see.
Waves erase it all at high tide 
scrubbing away angry phrases 
before light touches beaches in the east. 
My footsteps carry me home,
one after another 
and soon they’ll disappear as well, 
the evidence buried in granules of sand and 
a wash of salt water 
but my mind clean 
dragged out to sea with all the other broken shells 
and tangled seaweed. 

Bio: Matt McGuirk teaches and lives with his wife and two daughters in New Hampshire. He was a BOTN 2021 nominee, is now a regular contributor at Fevers of the Mind and has poems and stories published in 50+ literary magazines with 100+ accepted pieces. His debut collection, Daydreams, Obsessions, Realities with Alien Buddha Press isavailable on Amazon, linked in the bio and also on his website.Follow him on Twitter: @McguirkMatthew and Instagram: @mcguirk_matthew. 

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