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Carrying the Ocean

Jacob Alexandré

Rain carries the ocean 
inland, to parched places
far away. It may gently drop 
the sea 
on your head
breaking a hair.
It’s as if to whisper
a suggestion, or knock
at some porch on your heart.
It announces, “Here you are,
and here is the water too.” 
This may make you bear water yourself.
Because it’s beautiful to be on the beach, 
and walk along shores
you remember.