high tide  

and sometimes the moon

pushes saltwater towards your eyes

down your cheeks

in slow, silent waves because

gravity because

mermaids because

schools of fishes because

seaweed because

islands too small to build a house on because

there’s too much ocean

inside of you because

shipwrecks because

the ocean is a lot deeper than you’ll ever want to know because

high tide

just move the beach chairs up a few feet

it will all be fine.


 

Born in the fog of San Francisco, Nicolette Daskalakis is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and internationally-exhibited photographer. She is the author of because you're now banging a French girl, All The Boys I Never Kissed, and her most recent book, Portrait of Your Ex Assembling Furniture. Currently based in Los Angeles, Nicolette continually reads her work to crowds at literary locales including The Last Bookstore, Stories Books and Cafe, Book Show, and others. You can find her at www.nicolettedaskalakis.com or on instagram @nicolettepoetry 

 

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