Rise with a wave And come down, hard Water is as unforgiving As a reluctant lover
Your boots were polished Shining with warm fury and silence, like soft breezes before a summer storm
the twist was felt, three times hot tea burning my fingers even with two sugars it couldn’t have been sweet And I saw you standing at my back in the hallway mirror reflecting everything I had dreamed the night before
I rose, twice, on the same wave My knuckles whitened to birch bark Eyes sightlessly heavenward I churned like seaweed, and spun outwards, upwards into space
my skin burned with your passed-on laughter and, Danny, I knew it was all forgiven because I wished to strangle you, or perhaps I wanted to marry you.
I flicked hair from my eyes As the tide came in Swirling, rising to my knees. I stared down the sun And waited.