waves: the trough


by Paxton Grey


what good are all these bodies / made of waves breaking

against each other? / lights and sounds tumble into the sea,

an ancient thing swallowing / hollowing and filling again.

this refraction is the warping we know / and a flood is just

the regurgitation of ages / onto everything that grounds us—

grinds me to sand / maybe this is why / i panic at the sight

of too many faces / each with bodies / moving / eyes

darting / this void / between beings / overwhelms me.


Paxton Grey (he/they) is a non-binary, neurodivergent software developer living in Virginia. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Sundog Lit, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Pithead Chapel, Empty Mirror, and elsewhere. They can be found on twitter @BaileyGWrites.