Word’s fell out of Lori’s finger tips
to hide as beach sand
where she walked
waves lapping at her feet.
She touched every shell
in hopes of finding a full one—
eight legs scrambling
to set up a fighting withdrawal.
For hours the tide pushed
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
father up the beach
in receding triangles.
were happy to be off their meds
discharged from the psych ward
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