B.. Alexander


Sea; Keep Your Secrets - Poem by B.. Alexander

The lapping waves of a thousand pages wondering
Gently lisping their longing way back out again
And where to now for so many shrill descriptions
That I tally off and then let slip into oblivion

I bury here the books I've carried
I end it here, the poems I made
No one ever sang them
Not even me
Now no one will ever see them
Not even me

And sea, keep your secrets
Sea, shut your mouth
It's never fair, this trade we make
For love and understanding
It's never fair, this trade we make
For lovers lack the understanding

The crashing salt on battered sails fills the air
And stones unturned now fill my dreams all nervous
So stay away, you unmasked truth and bury yourself again
As I turn my back on years of striving to behold

I part here with the books I filled
I throw them out, answers I let in
No one ever shared them
Not with me
Now no one will ever share this
Not with me

And brine, keep your promise
Sea, wash out your mouth
It's never easy, this swap of duty
Love exchanged for creativity
It's never easy, this swap of meaning
To love and not too creatively

And with a heavy heart
A lead-filled heart of goodbyes
I throw my mind, my books, my creations
Out into the crushing waves
And endless wash of clarity
Be good to me...
Be good to me...
Sea, keep your secrets...

(2007)


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 12, 2009


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