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Natalie Alsdorf

Washington, we felt free,

like fawns along the wet sand
           at dawn, mist

in our wind-swept hair,
          reflections of the sea

painted on our sunglasses. Jeans–
          a misguided choice, cuffed,

soaked through with salt and glass
          leaving our legs

smooth and speckled. Ladybugs
          more likely to drown

than us, despite our parents’
          warnings. Despite

stories of others’ drowning
          where we stood.

Plans of morning runs in tank tops
          were spoiled by sleep

as the stuffy humidity begged
          my window to open, harsh

breeze while you try to dream,
         and a song of time gone

slipped from my eyes, whisked
         away by fog and fray.
Natalie Alsdorf

I am currently 19 years old and have spent most of my life in western Colorado. Besides my time in Oregon the past year and a half (for which I am so grateful), I consider myself a Coloradan at heart and felt called to move back to the colorful, sunny state. Most of my inspiration for my work is derived from nature, my faith, and the human experience. I enjoy sunrise runs, cat snuggles, writing (and re-writing) late at night, and listening to audiobooks and music. I hope to become a published fiction author in the future and am taking my goal one day, and one word, at a time.


 @nataliealsdorf (Instagram)

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