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The Black Sand Beach

The Black Sand Beach

by: Shirley Satterfield

The Black Sand Beach 🏝 🔥
I was at a black sand beach,
At the very shoreline
Where liquid fire lapped my feet.
But God rescued me.
He rescued me.
The amber sea gaped open
To swallow my limbs and torso,
For the bowels of a worm
Awaited my departure from the sand.
But God rescued me.
He rescued me.
My eyes were about to dim
In the orange darkness,
As the light was about to flee.
But God rescued me.
He rescued me.
My mind threatened to go extinct
In the flickering foam.
But God rescued me.
He rescued me.
He rescued me from all hell’s bells.

Shirley Satterfield
Shirley Mandel Satterfield is a Baltimore girl from way back who was raised in the rough and tumble world of a steelworkers family and writes Christian poetry, memoirs and nonfiction. She has lived to survive a life fraught with domestic violence, child abuse, and mental illness and writes to help others to survive the same kinds of things. After becoming a radiology technician, she went on to serve in the U.S. Army and later on in life attended Averett University in Danville, Virginia as a nontraditional student earning two B.A. degrees in English and journalism and was awarded the Ember Award for Excellence in Poetry by the campus literary magazine. She was also named correspondent of the Day by the Richmond Times Dispatch for a letter she wrote to the editor concerning the importance of compassionate treatment and the acceptance of the mentally ill by society.
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