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


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.