Holly Pollard

Temporary Shores

The shape and sound of the edge. Felt,
in the mesmerising back and forth.
In the naff hopes of coin push arcade games,
the swelling chest.
Of change, pennies and wishes. Of redeeming
a fiver badly spent. Sea-side attraction.
The dregs of the mermaid’s purse turn
over themselves.
And again – I arrive to set out my fears,
to still rot in watery luck.
To shore against, my winnings
slippery and wet.

Holly Pollard is a writer and artist from Dorset, UK, currently living in Mexico City. Her work has been featured in lit.202TERRIBLE magazine, and The Horizon Magazine, among others.

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