Illustration depicting a young woman in a purple dress standing alone with a surreal blue sea waving behind her.

POETRY: A Promise of Love

by Alex Leviton


wrapped softly in an off-white threadbare blanket
with stained yellow satin trim
is a legal document
spun of the finest papyrus
rolled into a delicate shell
burnt edges gilded with flesh
‘you will love hotter than the sun’
it promises
… and it
warns
you will crest a thousand waves
and descend ten thousand feet
look for the starfish hidden in the crevices
they will be your guide
when the waters run dark


Alex Leviton is a poetry mentor for the Pongo Poetry Project, the author of Explore Every Day (Lonely Planet, 2019), and the founder of The Third Layer — a creative thinking consultancy.

Featured Image: Illustration by Jorm S/Shutterstock.com

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