The Number, by Barbara Donne

33293
And counting
each crammed body
choked with hope

..
each one’s last chance
overloaded

..
beaten boats
unfit to float

..
in currents
they move
strive
against the drag
of numbers

..
but hope has to turn back
an elemental change
as sea replaces air

..
and all arms flail
and fail to grasp
it takes no time to drown

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