The sea swallows me up / gulps me down / makes me
into a smooth stone, small enough to fit in your pocket.
Hold me in your palm and trace the etchings of waves.
Press a shell to your ear and hear the echoes of screams.
I am slimy kelp and spiny coral / bloated beached whale
and shriveled sardine. Mostly I am drowning.
Choking on salt water, thrashing in the briny foam.
But water is not cruel. The ocean is just hungry.
K.J. Kogon is an aspiring writer from California. They especially enjoy writing poetry and flash fiction. When they aren't obsessively editing, they can be found watching horror movies and cuddling with their three cats, or on Twitter @kj_kogon.