It was dark and I was craving absolution.
Online, people traded words like “magical,” “incredible,” “once in a lifetime.”
I drove south, following their geotags. I needed to feel their awe.
If I could just see the water glow, I knew I would never be lonely again.
On the beach, waves roared in from the black night to greet me.
I studied them. I begged them to be what I needed.
I saw a glimmer, or I didn’t. Either way, the blanket of dark swallowed me whole.
I sighed with relief. I was so happy to be alone.
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Marina is an artist living in Southern California. She is currently pursuing an MFA in ceramic sculpture at California State University, Long Beach.