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"The Comfort of the Wind" by Mia Balsley


Title image shows a scenic sunset over a rocky beach.

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Published January 1st, 2023

The Comfort of the Wind

by Mia Balsley
(Santa Cruz, California, USA)

Quiet as the day begins
her face turns into sorrow,
wishing for more lives to live
she yearns for more tomorrows.

She aches for boundless days ahead
to chase life's endless sun,
to steep her soul in all things good,
soaked in just like a sponge.

For one life feels not long enough
to ret the tenderness
in which the wind stows
warmth and grace
and sews our souls therein.

Sheathed in soft proclivity
the wind sweeps sea to sea
the good and grand in every man
who ever was to be.

Mia Balsley is a 20 year-old German-American studying Applied Linguistics at UCSC. Mia's dream in second grade was to become a poet when she grew up. For career day, she dressed up how she pictured a poet to look: in her dad's newspaper boy cap and glasses, with books under her arm. Mia is grateful for poetry as a form of expression, therapy, and activism.

This poem is included in Poetry World #5, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in California Poetry Magazine:
Somewhere Warm

by John C. Krieg

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