“Sand Box Life” by Mary Beth Asaro


Sculpt me
into blonde grains
with dimples on my cheeks
in the nude position of David.

Change me
into lavish castles
of Dukes and Stewards that shatters
when Kings come home.

Topple me
over with shovels and hands
making my existence
a flat oval.

Mix me
with transparent liquid
and mold sea turtles
on my chest.

When you're done,
knock me down, wash away my blood, and close my casket
until the next time
you play with me.