the day you swept my heart out to sea
the sun hung in the sky like a beacon
always the point i could not reach.
i swam through a safety net full of
holes as sharks bruised my legs
but left me to my misery.
salt water tears mingled with
fresh water expectations and
kept me afloat despite my desire
into the depths of disillusion.
years later, a raft floated by.
i could have reached out and
hoisted myself onto
that sparse, dry bed but
instead, i closed my eyes,
bobbing, skating, skimming
the surface of my