Endless

(by Rebecca)

I have grown

on sands,

soft and white;

in waters,

blue and warm.

I have grown

on the coast

by the sea,

safe and sound

and quiet.

 

It is my place

to play and laugh,

to sit and think,

to love and mourn.

It is the place

That offers me comfort.

I have never felt fear there.

I have never wailed,

nor felt the sting of

of its thieving violence.

 

I have never

been asked to choose

to know the ocean when

it plays

so black and blue,

so sharp and hard

so callous.

So oceanic.

I have never

been asked to pay

for my passage,

for my escape.

 

For me

the water is;

welcoming

soft

blue

warm

safe

white

home

endless…

 

A beginning.

An embrace.

 

I have never faced the ocean

as a barrier;

ghostly

unforgiving

dry

threatening

unfamiliar

potential

treacherous

endless…

 

An ending.

A drowning.

 

It has never

offered me so much

yet taken

so much more away.

It has never lied to me

(The fiend!)

The sand,

white beneath my feet,

has always offered a path home.

 

My heart can barely

bring itself to imagine

the rocks,

screams,

broken boats,

terror,

loss and

floating bodies,

as part of the same

Australian coastal

vision and embrace.

 

Endless…

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