The Wishes of Sand are Simple

R.T. Sedgwick


to be smoothed out
on a wide stretch of beach

to become the mold
of a million footprints


to be whisked into whirlwinds
by Simoom or Sirocco


to sift into rippled dunes
like a blizzard’s morning after


to merge with a shape-shifting landscape
content beneath out-of-reach sky


or be scuffed by camel hoofs
traipsing after elusive oases


grab onto pointed Bedouin tent-poles
bask in the blaze of their tall torches


but never to be
the lone-wolf grain


who burrows into someone’s shoe
and bites their heel



R. T. Sedgwick is a poet living in Del Mar, CA.  He has attended Harry Griswold’s Pleasures of Poetry workshop for the last nine years, Idyllwild Summer Arts Poetry in 2005 through 2010 and has participated in a Master Poetry Workshop lead by Dr. Sam Hamod in 2007 and 2009. He spent one week in 2006 at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA studying under poets Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux and Joe Millar. He is currently enrolled in a monthly critique group that meets in Rancho Bernardo, CA. He has four books of poetry, “Forgotten Woods”, “Harmony of a Storm”, “Sand Castles”, and “Circles and Lines” published by sedgwickARTcards, Del Mar, CA, as well as numerous poems published in various anthologies and periodicals.