Sunk in the Deep

They weep at the shore
feeding fish to the waves,
hoping to bribe the helpless sea
to free you.

Brave souls leap in thinking to shield you
within a synchronised circle of love,
but the vampire dives through
and with eyes honed
by a chemical sharpening stone
he traps you.

You can only swim so far.
When the energy goes you will float
until the weight on your chest
presses you into the drink.

The instant you sink,
let your body go limp.
Take deep breaths;
allow your lungs to sup
until they welcome the salty brine.
The saline will soothe your wounds.

The vampire
will chase you to the ocean bed,
staying close, clinging on,
flaying your mind as it did
when your toes were still dry,
yet lie quiet; you are destined
to lose any fight.
.
No need to say you did not choose this,
it is understood. Few of us
elect to be pursued
by blood-sucking ghouls.

Don’t waste energy wishing
for new tomorrows or reminiscing
over the innocence that preceded
the need to teach yourself
to breathe underwater.
Forget the optimism of youth.
There is only now;
only this;

a silent you
and an angry parody of humanity
seething in the deep.

Daily Addiction: Pursue

©Jane Paterson Basil

16 thoughts on “Sunk in the Deep

  1. This is very deep Jane. I’ve read it twice now, and you’ve left feeling the sea is my savior. And of course I loved your finale.
    ” Don’t waste energy wishing
    for new tomorrows or reminiscing
    over the innocence that preceded
    the need to teach yourself
    to breathe underwater.
    Forget the optimism of youth.
    There is only now;
    only this;

    a silent you
    and an angry parody of humanity
    seething in the deep.”

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    1. Thank you Ivor. Poetry is a strange thing – it takes you into the depths of your mind, showing you things you didn’t know were there. Sometimes I read something I wrote only a few weeks ago, and I’m surprised by the words I’ve written.

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      1. Yes Jane, I know exactly what you mean, I’m often surprised by what I’ve written, and I wonder “did I really write that”. One of my latest ones “Waiting Time” was so deep a meaningful for me, I was stunned by what wrote. 😊 😊 ❤️ I xxxx

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  2. New depths of you are emerging in your writing Jane. I saw in a comment you wrote on Candice’s site (the collaborative poem you did) that things are not so good for you at the moment. I worry. I pray for you. I send you much love and blessings xxx

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    1. Thank you for those kind words, Raili. With the help of my wonderful daughters and the support of my friends, I’ll get through it. I always do, but it gets harder every time. Maybe I’ll start taking all the meds that my doc prescribes. Get myself zombied up so nothing can touch me.

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