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Norman Santos

(Nov.19,1990 / Philippines)

Vortex


Gray waves, crashing pebbles
sand rolling upon sand listlessly
and your hand lifeless by the beach
out of my shadow’s reach

I am the hand of the waves,
the sea’s foaming crest,
the dark, flustered vortex
underneath it all

I know you can feel my ocean;
hear its groaning bones and
taste it saline tears, abrasively
into your yawning wounds

And with each wave eddying
with a trifle of your morose
docking into my lonely heart,
I can feel you too

But this rampant lullaby
keeps us in isolated shores,
drowning in fathoms
that the ocean cannot surmise
but we chose silence –
we chose to be bubbles on the surface.

Submitted: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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