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

to sink

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




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