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The memory of salt

begins with stickiness

and unbearable heat

living below the skin,

the kind that likes ice cream,

sweaty, pink afternoons,

dreaming of the ocean,

and getting there to swim.

Summer is collected

in an orange flashback,

the slow wistful minutes

doodled on a notebook

while philosophizing

about old abstractions

not fully understood.

The rusty, briny hours

spent inside a treehouse,

an aged, loved playground,

or a re-purposed box

is clearly time well-spent.

What is tasted of life

is what is remembered.

And even above-ground,

a lot reeks of the sea.



K. Y. Sia

Author Bio: Some of K. Y. Sia’s poems can be seen in Gangan Internationales Literaturmagazin, 3 a.m. Magazine, Locust Magazine, and so on. Despite having lost hand function as a result of a progressive disease, she uses a dictation software and continues to be a freelance writer/editor/translator by trade. Some of her feature articles appeared in broadsheets and glossies.

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