Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Sand” by Callie Koeval. Miss Koeval is a high school junior living in North Carolina. Aside from reading and writing poetry, she enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, and spending time with friends.
tell me that someday
this will all be worth it
tell me that our home
is anywhere in the world
I'm breathing for the sake of loving you
I wish we'd never know another consummation
than letting the sun set on our love
the blackened water a mirror to the universe
why is there anything else?
and why do I wake up alone,
buried in the sand of burned out stars
that streaked across our sky
Poet’s Notes: Written on the beach at night, lying by the water with someone I love, this piece describes my feeling of contentment and complete satisfaction, not wanting that care-free night to end. Knowing that in the morning I would wake to responsibilities, I wanted to stay in that moment forever. The sand in the last stanza represents my memories, once bright and iridescent stars, now distant, used up, and finished.
Editor’s Note: I like the haunting imagery and metaphors here, as well as the sense of longing that the poet creates.