National Poetry Day (Water) – Fear, Sea and Me

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National Poetry Day

 

Fear, Sea and Me

 

My first memory of the ocean

was being swallowed by a wave.

Just as Jonah was by the whale.

 

Trapped in the underbelly of the swell,

it was a dark place.

Time stopped.

 

I gulped down mouthfuls of salty water

My chest started burning from

choking and swallowing at the same time.

 

I resurfaced

trying to cough

every drop up.

 

It was over in seconds

but the fear

has lasted a lifetime.

seaside

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5 responses »

    • I still remember how scary it was under there. I love the ocean but I tend to stay out of it unless wearing a wet suit and attached to something buoyant – like a body board. Hope you’re not too scared by it!

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