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Acts of a Drunken Sailor
By Alana Kilby, West Valley High, Fairbanks
Genre: Poetry Level: Junior 7-9
Category: UAA/ADN Creative Writing Contest

Heads roll,


Hair flies


Red splashing

sticky spills.

The swinging door

Shuts away the tavern light.

The sun was a guillotine,

descending slowly, and inevitably.

Cold, dead air was an awakening.

The cobblestones were shark fins,

circling their oblivious prey.

Six drunken steps, a tumble.

Plunging earthward,

to the grey stone sea.

Breaking on impact.

Curling fingers open,

relinquishing glass.

The dark ruby wine

dripping out of the

clay brown bottle.


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