She stands waist-deep in the tide.
Who knows what salt from her eyes,
has mingled with that of the sea.
She had called to him,
countless times before
in mournful wails -
as she does this night.
And she hears him -
faint whispers as if couriered by the crests
that sit on top of waves.
But it isn’t enough...
She longs to hear more.
Oh how she yearns with her rapid beats
to hear his calls as surely as she did
a lifetime before.
Water and love -
she knows she’s in too deep.
So she fights a fuelled fight -
one step at a time
with sand beneath her feet,
his voice in her ear
and the fire in her heart.
She’s getting closer to him
and she knows...
She smiles, submits
and finally disappears
into the welcoming ***** of the ocean.
A mirror piece - read “Last Stand (Him)”
He stands -
his waist propped against the rails.
Who knows what salt from his skin,
would see the dawning sun
as the storm in the dark stretched
He’d called out to her before...
Yet never against howling winds
and thundering bolts.
Still he calls to her now,
into the towering waves
and blackened horizon.
He doesn’t hear her like always...
Not this time...
For his heart is pounding in his ears,
and the heavy marble droplets
pelt him from the ocean and sky.
Overwhelmed with exhaustion,
still he fights - with tonnes of steel
beneath his feet,
the memory of her voice in his head
and the love in his heart.
He grips the the railing tight
and lets out a final cry into the night -
a last display of rebellion and resentment
to the gods.
He sees her...
He smiles and concedes defeat
as the vessel roars and creaks
before finally disappearing
into the ravenous belly of the ocean.
A mirror piece - read “Last Stand (Her)”
— The End —