Under Water

It’s been raining for 26 years straight.
I haven’t gotten tan since my life began.
Soaking wet, I had to learn to stay afloat.
I even built myself a boat. In my life,
I have seen friends, family, and strangers
encounter dangers only few understand.
I have seen some sink to the very bottom.
I never liked swimming, but it’s what I had
to do to keep living. I learned not to be
afraid to swim around before I sink down.
Some days, I’ll dive down to see buried
memories and under-water trees. The rain
never goes away as nature does its thing.
I am drenched, cold, and tired as I paddle
in place, creating ripples in time and space.
The water will rise higher, so I practice
holding my breath. I inhale first. I hope
for the best and prepare for the worst:
no air. I am under water, over my head,
but I am still alive, just extremely wet.


The Final Stage

The final stage is in range.
The blood, sweat, and tears
were sincere. The highs
and lows that I felt
were never in vain.
I push off the shore into
the final stage. My boat
floats without resistance
toward a solitary island
in the distance. Onward,
I go: it’s coming to a close.
The final stage is where
I must be. There’s a final
boss that I must beat.
The last, final stage
will be the best one
I will have played
in this fateful game.



Waves Goodbye

Ocean waves behave irresponsibly, splashing away,
Not being afraid of the damage its causing.
Big and blue, the waves have lots to say
And what’ll you hear might be appalling
Not afraid, I confront the superior waves
And ask the questions that come to mind:
What will happen in the coming days?
“Depends on your attitude” The waves replied.
Back and forth, waves rolled in and rolled out,
Bringing lost items to the people on shore.
By the time it was over, I released all doubt
And appreciated the waves that much more.
I now wait for the waves to come back
But all I can see is undisturbed water.
Waiting all day until the night turns black
To wait more time as days grow harder.
“Where did the waves go?” I ask myself
As I sit alone on this empty beach.
“I have more questions...I need help”
I search for answers out of my reach.
After days alone, the waves reappear
And I listen to the waves as they meet my feet.
I slowly walk in the waters I feared
As I wave goodbye to the problems I beat.