OCEAN

By Craig Shalvey


The words rested uncomfortably on my tongue

Like a mouth full of marbles

I knew I couldn’t swallow them down.

As though it were a foreign language

I found myself drowning in a sea of words.

I rushed to the surface

gasping for air

expelling water from my lungs

in the form of

“I love you”

It was sudden and abrupt

but darling so were we.

The silence was deafening

and the words hung in around us

like the din on a funeral bell.

I clambered off the life raft of your body

as you came to terms with the damage done.

I curled into the recovery position, realizing

I had landed in a distant land

And the distance between us was more than an ocean.


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