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Rock & Waves

By Virginia Barrett

For Bobby, who was too sick

to come to West Marin


because I’m human I must pick up

this small, bold rock striped gray and

white like waves


because I’m human I must hold it lovingly

in my hand as I walk on the beach beside

the ocean of bigger waves


because I’m human I must write about

the beach, a rock, and walking

because this living is not a solid body, nor

a series of straight lines, but moves like waves:

compelling, comforting, and brave.


Virginia Barrett’s books of poetry include Between Looking, (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming, 2019) Crossing Haight, and I Just Wear My Wings. Her work has most recently appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle, Narrative, What Rough Beast, Roar: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People, Ekphrastic Review, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), and Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (University of Arizona Press).  She received a 2017 writer’s residency grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, NM. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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