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Coupled: poem by Domini Boling

Painting of the moon above mountains, with moonlight reflected on water, image by 愚木混株 Cdd20, on Pixabay, modified.

moonlight on water, image by 愚木混株 Cdd20, on Pixabay


Couples holding hands move through moonbeams churning in the sea.

Spilling into my empty heart, dark shadows weave.

At light’s edge I stand alone,

My husband lost.

A broken shell, half a couple

I stare by ocean’s ebb seeking more.

Moonlight glistens like sheets of words I want to hear

From the silent Voice in the ocean roar.

Wave sea steps slide upon ocean surface

Like my loneliness, following me to bed,

Haunting my sleep through wakeful nights

And dreams that leave—

No peace.

I walk back to the sand, collide with sea fragrance,

While wave foam dares to wash me free.

Moon sprays a path on open sea—

My spirit prays.

Oh God, come like the waters.

Wrap Yourself around me sweet salt of sea.

Fill my being of my Beloved,

My only Lover—



Domini Boling grew up in North Carolina. A former professional ballet dancer, she has been a leader

in liturgical dance for years, and holds a master’s degree in Worship Studies. In 2021, Domini moved to the NC coast. She now spends many days watching the waves, and most evenings watching the sunset, while remembering things. Her flash fiction has been published by Vine Leaves Press

in their “50 Give or Take” feature.

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Sep 08, 2023

"Moon sprays a path on open sea." Lovely.

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