A boy unzipped the world today
And for a moment everyone could see:
Ocean spill, gifted shells,
The underside of a starfish
With its hundred-legged range.

A world of sea spray,
Hourglass blue,
For him to dip his feet into a tepid sky,
Dangle his legs with the ease of curling,
Frothy​ endings, tips of ribbons,
Where water and air
Breathe and bubble.
Home, a crate he sat upon.
Infinite time.
Punctured walls
Leaking possibilities,
The soft trickle of new beginnings.

Boats flowed freely in his sea
Collecting people,
Welcoming them as he waited.
While the toothy zipper
Began to rust in the salty spill
Of long voyages,
Vessels of yearning souls,
The mighty cry of Mother Earth
Halting its closure.

And the boy,
The sweet boy,
Greeted them with wonder,
As they colored his dull surroundings
Eating away the darkness,
Softening the mortar,
Until brick by brick
The walls crumbled
And the world,
Filling with light and joy,
Became one.


Many thanks for the prompt and photo, courtesy of Margo Roby: Wordgathering.


14 thoughts on “Unzipped

    1. desertdweller29

      Thank you! Wonderful image. I am curious, though, as to what words you would use? Do you ever post your poems? I must rummage around and look. Thanks again. Your site is always a great source of inspiration.

      1. margo roby

        I rarely post, as I keep my poems for submission. Journals are getting fussier and fussier about that. However, I have some published poems on one of the blog’s tabs and I do have a few rough drafts scattered throughout the blog.

    1. desertdweller29

      Ugh! I think you’re right, professor. You know, I thought so too after I got done writing this and then just figured I’d leave it at boy. I should have figured you’d notice! The professor doesn’t miss much.

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