When we went out
into the sea,
under the surface
moved with our limbs.

Tiny stars
made a halo in your hair.

As we treaded water,
sparkle followed our toes.
And I forgot even sex,
that this wonder was
drawn to us.

Anne Wilding


Anne Wilding is an English language teacher and writer from Essex, England, who lives in the Basque Country. Her writing is often provoked by the natural world, or by questions she feels uncomfortable exploring in real life. Her work is published in The Same (2018), Montana Mouthful (2018, 2020), 101 Words (2017), Microfiction Mondays (2016) and on the podcast The Wireless Reader (2014).

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