Carmen Giménez Smith
Carmen Giménez Smith Poems
|2.||Photo of a Girl on a Beach||5/3/2016|
|3.||Only a Shadow||5/3/2016|
|6.||Decoy Gang War Victim||5/3/2016|
Photo of a Girl on a Beach
Once when I was harmless
and didn't know any better,
a mirror to the front of me
and an ocean behind,
I lay wedged in the middle of daylight,
paper-doll thin, dreaming,
then I vanished. I gave the day a fingerprint,
I sat naked on a towel
on a hot June Monday.
The sun etched the inside of my eyelids,
while a boy dozed at my side.
The smell of all oceans was around us—
steamy salt, shell, and sweat,
but I reached for the distant one.
A tide rose while I slept,
and soon I was alone. Try being