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Melinda Giordano

MelindaMelinda Giordano is a native of Los Angeles, California. Her written pieces have appeared in the Lake Effect Magazine, Scheherazade’s Bequest, Whisperings, Circa Magazine and Vine Leaves Literary Journal among others. She was also a regular poetry contributor to with her own column, ‘I Wandered and Listened’ and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She writes flash fiction and poetry that speculates on the possibility of remarkable things – the secret lives of the natural world.

Sand Crabs

The salt-sparkled sand
Drummed with life
Beneath the yielding crust.
And the caverns and tunnels,
Blind and subterranean,
Hid from the inconvenient sea
That drew closer
With untimely precocious tides.
A persistent visitor,
It crashed and pounded with a lunar force,
Demanding to be let in.

I used to thrust my fingers
Into the salty mulch,
Into the puzzle of catacombs
To pull out handfuls of silt
Crawling and chaotic –
Tiny claws that could not dig through flesh
Bedlam in my hands.
The tickle of nature’s confusion
Unable to swim or crawl
A product of her compromise
Trapped at the edge of the sea.

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