Kissing the shoreline

There’ll be days like this, my momma said.

When you open your hands to catch

and wind up with only blisters and bruises;

When you step out of the phone booth and try to fly

and the very people you want to save are the ones standing on your cape;

When your boots will fill with rain, and you’ll be up to your knees in disappointment.

And those are the very days you have all the more reason to say thank you.

Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way

the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline,

no matter how many times it’s swept away.

Sarah Kay

spoken word poet and founder of Project V.O.I.C.E.

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