Farewell to the Sea

My hair has crowned me
Thick with the smell of the sea.

I braid, and knot,
And tie it to me-

One loop for salt on my lips
One loop for brine-soaked shells
One loop for the murmur of this vast giant
One loop for the cry of gulls

One for company kept
One for the hidden rock pools
One for the islands and sands and shores

One for the sun
One for the wind
One for the heat in my bones

These treasures will carry me,
Carry me home.

Danielle K Day

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