Susan Cava

Rookie (New York)

This Ocean - Poem by Susan Cava

You tell me you’re leaving
Just for a swim in the ocean
But we both know what sinking
Feels like

You are barely gone

You come back to find me
Throw me your life in a line
Stay afloat for another day

I am almost gone

Swimming in circles
The moon laughs at what we are holding onto
I am drying up
You don’t remember the swells that make up my body
I don’t want to remember when you did

The hurt of what we had is too painful
To bear in light of what we don’t
So many souls at sea
Why hang on to just one?

We are gone.

One day I see you standing in the sun
Waves surround you
Sunbeams grace your heart
You are so full of light
It finds our darkest place and gives peace
To what we couldn’t be

I only hope if she is the ocean
You are going to drown in that
She is deeper than me.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 27, 2008

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