WAVES ON A PAGE

My return to literature was like a sailor

returning to the salt air after a decade ashore.

 

The thin clatter of books from bookshelves

were like oars clattering into a paddle boat.

The small creak of hardback covers sounded

like wooden planks curling beneath my feet.

 

It wasn’t long before I’d raised sails,

and made my way into the first waves

on a broad, shining sea of letters.

 

After a few bumpy chapters,

the waves came rocking,

building, like a crescendo,

until each page was its own torrent

of water and hellfire crashing;

battering and beating the boat

 

and I was there screaming along,

mad with the thrill of the ride.

 

Until finally the pages shut,

the seas grew quiet,

and I found myself drifting along

waiting patiently for another storm.

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LOVE POEM #23 – OCEANS

The idea of love is infinite.

We’ve written sonnets, and ballads, and yet

We’ve made but a small drop in the ocean.

Like the sea, love is ever in motion—

A twisting and turning of great waters

Aloof from the laws of human matters.

Like love, the sea looks smooth from far away,

But up close it can turn into a fray.

Gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning.

A swirling vortex of hunger turning—

Be too kind, and find a knife at your throat;

Too callous and find you can’t stay afloat.

Too solemn and find yourself left alone,

Too lustful and find the pain you have sown.

But if you cast off to the wind with care,

You might not find yourself left quite so bare.

You might find yourself sitting on a boat,

Next to someone with features you have wrote

Into your memory like a career—

Except that they are the one you hold most dear.

 

And this is what I believe to be true:

That moments were crafted for me and you;

The moments I’ll cherish for forever

Are those when you and I are together.

Just you and I sitting under the sun

On our boat where nothing can be undone.

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