lions on a gray beach
with my shield of hard rock I went out to try & face the gray
but even it was washed away like waves kissing the sand with death
leaving me stranded & naked on the cold gray shore
alone, alone, alone,
yet: I had never been as close to being washed, numb & fading,
into the ocean as I had always feared I had been
was I near the edge? Yes.
but there was always an invisible barrier, somewhere in front of me
lovingly presiding over my fears
& never allowing them to cut me as deeply as they seemed capable of?
I still enclosed tinder deep inside me
meant to turn my meager slivers of happiness
Publication Date: July 25, 2019