Such a beauty reaching out of sand
with a shine that shocked my eye,
to drop from a wrist was a dangerous flight.
Half buried in sand was its resting place −
the softest of landings, a whisper fall,
the grains all gathered and made a bed.
Who wore this bracelet and lost its power,
who held her hand and let it swing,
who swam away and gifted the beach?
It rolled anxiously round my wrist;
each jewelled stone had sought my hand,
its spirited bodies singed with guilt.
Temptation landed as I searched the sea
whilst haunting voices gathered inside,
the bracelet scratched and cut its mark.
To wear any longer would ignite my fear −
these charms spoke and knotted my mind,
to wear any longer, would leave me buried in grit.
About the author:
Julie Stevens writes poems that cover many themes, but often engages with the problems of disability. She has two published pamphlets: Quicksand (Dreich 2020) and Balancing Act (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2021). Her next pamphlet Step into the Dark will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
Discussing disabled characters in fairy tales and folklore!