34THPARALLEL INDIE LITMAG PRINT & DIGITAL

SAND CASTLES BY FORREST MILLER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 19

Being this age in this age

is making sand castles

in front of an approaching tide.

We see the driftwood. We dig for sand dollars

and pretty shells. We write our names.

We inspect with curiosity

the hollowed-out crab shells

and seagull carcasses.

Gleefully, we try to outrun the waves;

we still get wet. Then the sea comes

and washes it all away, grinding down

the bones, the shells, the names.

When we have gone, the sea rolls back out

leaving nothing but empty horizon, clean sand,

and the echo of waves.

The sea comes and washes it all away.


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 19

PARASITE BY NATHAN FEUERBERG, SIGNS BY HORACIO MANCILLA, COLD MOUNTAIN BY JAY RUBIN, VIRTUAL ARMY REALITY BY ELAINE LITTLE, GOLD ON THE CEILING BY GRACE CHIPPERFIELD, WITH HER EAR PRESSED TO THE EARTH BY ROBERT EARLE, SAND CASTLES BY FORREST MILLER, BECAUSE PEOPLE NEVER VISIT BY MADELEINE HARRINGTON, THE HERMANOS BROTHERS BY STEVEN MCBREARTY, OLD SONGS BY RON STAMPS, MYRTLE AVENUE BY ROBERT BOUCHERON.