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  • A Waterless Sea
    by Shannon Wolff

    I stand on a hill, watching as the wind rushes past me
    And rustles the long grass at the hillís foot
    Making waves in a waterless sea

    The wind plays in its dry ocean
    Mimicking the tidesí ebbs and flows
    Blowing the still grasses into motion

    I hear the wind whisper as it tugs at my hair
    Inviting me to run and chase
    To try and catch the moving air

    Like an impatient child the wind pulls on my dress
    Then hurries on without a backwards glance
    As though hurt I did not heed its request.

    I watch as the wind makes the grassy waves break anew
    Roaring like a lion to form a tempest on land
    Then making gentle waves, softer than a kittenís mew

    Almost apologetically the wind returns, any anger clearly spent
    And slips around my fingers like a silk ribbon
    Making me all the more thankful its fury chose to relent

    As the wind leaves me once more for its wave like play
    I spy a downy feather, stranded in the hillís short grass
    And lift it up, so the wind can take it where it may

    The wind kisses my palm as it takes the feather from me
    To sights I may never see and places I may never go
    Somewhere far beyond the waterless sea

    Shannon Wolff was born in Alaska and grew up in a little town called North Pole. This fact has lead every one of her relatives not familiar with Alaska, and complete strangers, to ask if she knows Santa Claus. She now resides in Cartersville, Georgia and is having mixed results with informing her new neighbors about her previous residence.
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