Dark Water

Burned all my bridges,
still I swim by moonlight
and empty my heart to the stars.

Swimming alone through dark water,
naked but for the chains around my body,
I fear the silence –
I fear the darkness
as I float alone, all alone
quietly drowning.

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    • I find personally that it goes away and comes back again in waves. Sometimes they’re short; only small waves, knocking me over slightly but receding quickly. Others… they’re tsunamis. Impossible to escape and all I can do is sit under the waves and wait in the dark for the sea to slowly drain.

      I suppose you understand that better than some. Thanks much for the comment.


  1. “there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we may call it herb of grace o’Sundays; O, you must wear your rue with a difference”
    This is Ophelia redefined.
    She empties her heart to the stars, swims upstream like the salmon, keeps herself afloat with her long stemmed wisdom, even as she succumbs. A stunning write.


  2. Your honesty is refreshing… your pain screams through the words. Excellent. I applaud you for using your feelings to inspire others… others who truly care about you, and while the poem is poignant, I wish the pain would subside into peace, you deserve peace…


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