Ocean In a Stone

I watched her like an ocean 
trapped in a stone 
cracked open 
evaporated alone 

How could a stone 
contain the source of an ocean 
turned desert? 

Does the ocean anticipate 
how much she will evaporate? 
or is she a collection of tears 
buying her time in the sun 
lifting 
from the center 
of the stone 
until it dries 
and the desert appears 

Her parched lips 
crack their smile 
in anticipation 

for the moment 
she is lifted 
from the center of the stone 

unafraid 
unalone 

Left in the remainder 
of nothing 

but vapor

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