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The Spill

Slow Drown

Whitney Egstad

Whitney Egstad studies poetry at the University of South Florida and is currently applying to MFA programs. Her work is forthcoming in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival Anthology in 2011, but this is her first online publication. She would like to thank the West Florida Literary Federation's online journal, The Spill, for its creative action and perseverance in maintaining awareness about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Liquid quick

and dark like villains,

they haunted depths,

crept into sea shadows

and vomited a plague of vandals

to blacken the breath of the world

in toxic thrusts,

tickle the throats of waves.

A sad surf pants and coughs on

shores forlorn while we catch the small hands

of our children and pull them

from their sandcastles. They weep

oil trickles in thick clots

from their eyelids.

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