Deep Down

Clams disappear into the mud,
Digging
Themselves deep into the murkiness;
She is one of them.
Protected by her hardened shell,
She is impervious to all.
The waves laugh above,
About her?
Kernels of sand rub inside her:
They are thoughts, trapped,
Reverberating against her walls:
You’re worthless. Nobody likes you.
Her muscles contract,
And the covers come over like mud.
Leave me alone. Keep it dark.
Let me sleep.
The covers hide her shell
And her cries for help are self-strangled:
You’re worthless. Nobody likes you.
She listens, settling
Into the deep down.

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