By J. Moors

I am deeply, deeply in love
My heart has been claimed
Not by any human touch
But by the land that raised me

Amongst the wooded trails I wandered,
Along a sure and well-worn path to nature’s edge
Amongst the dunes I sat,
Entire summers spent along the scorching shore
Amongst the waves I dove,
Abandoning the world for the water’s cold embrace

But now I must leave
And spend my days far from home
From the gull’s cries and the lake’s cool breeze
Trading in the only place I’ve ever known myself
For a city filled with promises and dreams

The only trace remaining
Of my summers by the beach
Are my feet’s toughened soles
And the ever present grains of sand,
At the bottom of my suitcase