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By Andrea Laws

we saw your face but

couldn’t hear your voice

in static silence,

we chose

advantage and naivety

we touched your skin but

couldn’t smell your hair

overbaked goods staring into

polluted waves crashing onto

hollowed beaches

we tasted your mouth but

couldn’t receive your breath

to become one

to save the dream

to live the illusion

we dreamt of saving you but

it was too late

east storms gathered

west earthquakes shattered

southern desert sand battered

we wished you would

come back

as the north snow covered,

devouring all senses to

begin the end

we waited for us to

mean something

denying your corpse

decomposing memory

fading in farewell’s goodbye


About the author:

Andrea Laws currently resides in Lawrence, KS, working in the field of scholarly publishing for the University Press of Kansas. She graduated from the University of Kansas, with a B.A. in English, with a focus on creative writing, and a B.A. in Film Studies, with a focus on film theory and criticism. Her poetry has been published in three compiled books of poetry, and featured on twelve literary websites, journals, and blogs. Her influences have been from the masters of gothic literature, but she would like to think that she has a modern voice to this genre, with her incorporation of current themes with an “old school” format. Andrea wants her readers to have a sense of longing and desire to seek the unknown and always want more by understanding what her words mean to them. She is a nature-loving, dark enduring, Kansas girl that seeks to break barriers of stereotypes.

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