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©2018 Barren Magazine. An Alt.Lit Introspective.


by Ikem Ukeka

i know her eyes are blue,
but the hue is hard to detect
except for the emotions i feel

when i see large bodies of water,
apprehension gets a hold of me;
it shakes me and screams that i can’t swim.

so they’re not as deep as the ocean.
on the contrary,
they’re as light as the sky:

when i see the cloudless heavens,
levity embraces me;
it lifts me in the air and laughs that i’m lightweight.

that’s what happens when i look into her eyes.

Header photograph © Jason D. Ramsey.

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