Sheila Grieco of Ocean Springs, MS, is a member of Gulf Coast Writers Association and has had poems and short stories published in The Magnolia Quarterly. She is also a member of The Mississippi Poetry Society – South Branch and received third prize in a state competition of The Mississippi Poetry Society. She earned an honorable mention in a literary competition by Writers Unlimited for a short story titled The Christmas Caper. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
I dream of crystal waters wide
Colored blue ‘neath unspoiled sky.
Gentle, peaceful, warm and soothing
With all its sea life ever moving.
Now awake, tears fill my eyes.
I ache because I realize
It’s just a dream and it is gone.
No one but God can know how long.
A Rorschach inkblot fouls our shore,
Threatens bayous, our bays and more
Sea life snuffed with blackened crud.
Our Coastal life can lose its blood.
Now all I hear and visualize
Are saddened souls with wretched cries.
Their tears can never wash away
The damage that’s been done today.