A Grain of Sand

trodden by passers-by
off the shore, you lie
one in a million
– dusty particulate

what’s there to discern?
intangible arguments of
time and infinity;
a revolutionary junta
where deceit is
bird’s claw

Note: I blame it on April; the tone of the speaker, I mean. I’m sure you’re aware of April month’s dispositions. Anyway, I’m linking this piece to Midweek Motif at Poets United. To read different takes on this prompt, please visit the link.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. Ooops. No, I’m not aware of April’s disposition but I sure enjoyed reading this poem. And it’s true, perhaps it’s futile to discern about time and infifnity.

  2. You done such a masterful job with line breaks. I’m looking at the words, at how they speak to each other… and I’m just enjoying myself. I love when punctuation and detail shapes a poem so neatly, and telling.

    My favorite bit,
    “off the shore, you lie
    one in a million”

    That “lie” can be so many things…

  3. If it were only solely a bird’s claw–I was about to say that sounds rather restful, and then I remembered Prometheus. Provocative piece.

  4. The sandy particles have had their day, done their job and are now at rest. some kissed by the sea and some blown by the wind and if they could speak they would have so much to tell.

  5. “where deceit is bird’s claw” – what a powerful phrase and image. I enjoyed your poem very much. Nice to see you here.

  6. where deceit is bird’s claw… my goodness this is so powerful, Khaya!

  7. Thanks Myrna, I’m glad you enjoyed this piece! BTW, April’s disposition refers to T.S. Elliot’s quote, “April is the cruelest month…” and Dark Poetry Challenge run by Magaly in April.

  8. Interesting observation, Susan. Well, the aim was not to provoke but that the piece leads to deeper introspection. Thanks for your input. Much appreciated!

  9. As you know Khaya, I am not a writer! Several times, when I read your work or even Magaly’s work, my mind and soul works/thinks/feels different. I hope that makes sense? Both of you are such clever writers in how you describe things! This is such a powerful piece!! Big Hugs!
    (I will write soon! Sorry, so behind in things!)

  10. Wow, that’s a huge compliment dear Stacy! Thank you so much. And yes, Magaly is such a talented writer. I’m honoured.??

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