Reflections in Sand

Reflections in Sand

Mental representations

of realities

beyond our scope

of interpretation.


Give me an impression

of why beauty

is beautiful,


and ugly

is hateful.

An impression

of my existence

is imprinted in the

malleable beach sand.


It shows my bodily features,

of which I interpret,

but do not truly



I didn’t create


but, rather, language

seems to have

created me.


It changes,

like the sweat

on my hand,

and the thoughts

in my head.

Published by

John Brogan

John Brogan promotes renewable energy products in Northeast Ohio. He is also a new father, recently welcoming his first son, Victor Mackenzie Brogan, into the world. These experiences have encouraged fresh insights as he moonlights writing poetry, his favorite occupation, at his home in Cleveland Heights, OH. John is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where he earned a BA in cognitive science. John is also the author of the following books: In Reflection of Nature (2015), and St. Augustine and the Piano (2016).