“Dissonance” By Lauren Rose

water curls around my calves
sticky with salt
and chilled whispers

my fingertips stroke murky clouds
billowing across
the sea’s glass

feet ooze deeper into sand with
each ebb
of ocean.

water laps at my thighs

navel
______________________breasts
_____________________________________________collarbones
____________________________________________________________________throat
___________________________________________________________________________________________cheeks
silencing
my untamed tongue

savory silk flows into my
lungs
filling
them

filling them

tears gather on my lashes
as the stinging tide reaches my
eyes

seeing with new
seeing new
seeing

lips
______________________nose
_____________________________________________earlobes
____________________________________________________________________forehead
___________________________________________________________________________________________scalp
another indifferent lick of water
and I am engulfed

mute
but resonant.

blind
but visionary.

dissonant
but grounded.

and I stare
I stare
staring

through foggy, drifting waves

naked
I know all but my own skin.


Lauren Rose is a Junior at Sierra Nevada University double majoring in Creative Writing and Biology, and minoring in Outdoor Adventure Leadership. She has been recognized by seven Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and her upcoming work can be found in the 2020 issue of Ricochet Review and Running Wild Press Anthology of Stories Volume Four, Book Two. Lauren currently resides in Orlando, Florida as an entertainment cast member at Walt Disney World Resort with her cat, Minxy. Follow her on Facebook, and Instagram: @rose_lauren.e.

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