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C.N.P Poetry 

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Drain the Ocean

By: Toni La Ree Bennett

Drain the ocean, you said,

and we would walk among the craters

on the submerged skin of the earth.

I obeyed.

I never expected life to be on the surface.

That was then.


Now there is no wind.

Have you stopped broadcasting?

No signals are coming in.

Your surface pressure has been dropping

too low to register.

I can no longer identify your terrain.


Tomorrow, I will start collecting visions

of distant, green and glowing planets

like a stack of shiny coins

to stave off want

preparing for the time when my escape velocity

will be strong enough to break out of your orbit.


Toni La Ree Bennett’s verbal and visual work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Caesura, Gold Man Review, Cirque, Gravel, Puerto del Sol, Hawaii Pacific Review, december, and Memoir with a poetry chapbook publication by Finishing Line Press, Solar Subjugation, among other publications. She lives with a feisty finch named Puppette. Photography and writing samples can be seen at

“Drain the Ocean is one of a series of poems I’ve written that are grounded in my fascination with all things celestial. As our ability to see into the universe grows, I am more and more astounded at the ingredients of our cosmos and how they mirror our own miniscule (in comparison) existence. This poem is about a relationship and (non)communication between two people, magnified by its setting in a planetary environment."


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