When We Saw the Shore

after nights of waiting
we should have praised the heavens.

I had thought of this moment
nearly every second
of my time in the life boat.
I had seen myself standing up cheering
possibly falling into the water
pretending it had been done
on purpose.
I would have swam
until my heart stopped
or my arms were prevented
by the sand of the shore.

I thought I was saving everyone
when I unfurled the safety boats
but then slowly
(with the pleasure of time)
I started to think
of all the other people
who might have done the same
had I not been there.

Surely someone would have
taken charge
guided the confused
helped the masses
(all 4 of them)
to safety.

Looking from face to face
in the bloated vessel
(what remained of our manifest)
I wondered if any of them would have
made it
or
if the group would have comprised
of different people.

My only real hope
was that if the roles were reversed
if I was the confused
the helpless
the incapable
one of these people
would have stepped up
and saved me.

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4 thoughts on “When We Saw the Shore

    1. I wish I could say it was something more than simply writing the first images that come to mind when I listen to music. I can’t though. It started there, I tried to give the thing legs to stand on and this is what I ended up with. Thanks for reading!

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    1. Thank you. It’s always sort of a crapshoot trying to figure out if what you just worked on was trash or if it makes sense. I appreciate the kind words and the memory.

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