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I once found Atlantis, 

at the edge of an island


I held my breath in my cheeks

a dive deep - there, sat upon the sands

moss across the edges, its marble ageless 

a shark within its keep

my breath fell from my young lungs

Atlantis slipped away, washed clean with the tide 

when I had long swapped 

fairy tales with the weight of living 

I glimpsed it again, somehow, in the irises of a boy

his every dream liquid gold 

in his smile was the kingdom

in his laughter, the sound of the sea

in his kisses, the coddle of waves

in his chest, a little castle

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