Beach with Coral
The waves are getting angrier. The tide’s movement is indiscernible.
The sand is full of shells and quartz. Walking barefoot almost hurts.
Next to us, there is a sheer, craggy cliff. Seabirds rook in the jagged side.
The water sweeps over the beach. Clam holes bubble up to the surface.
I step on broken coral and cut my heel. I say nothing.
You don’t see the blood wash away after every step.
We’ve both refused to look behind us.
Teo Mungaray is a queer, chronically ill, latino poet. He holds an MFA from Pacific University of Oregon and is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a co-founder and co-EIC of Cotton Xenomorph. His poems can be found in Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Prelude Magazine and The Bellevue Literary Review. He currently lives in Portland and can be found on twitter @teomungaray.