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“The Sea,” by WITS Student Annabelle Bachhuber

The Sea

I kept deep-sea secrets in a little black bag.
I carried boats through the toughest storms.
I asked the fish where the shark lived.
I was rough but calm.

I was tired.

I knew when the storm would come.
I tried to keep the boats away with waterspouts.
I tried to keep the boats away with a hurricane.
I held each fish like family.

I owned the deepest depths of the ocean.

Annabelle Bachhuber wrote this poem while a student at View Ridge Elementary School, with WITS Writer-in-Residence Kathleen Flenniken. She read it to open for Linda Pastan when she spoke as part of SAL’s Poetry Series on November 10, 2015.

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