The Ocean

It glimmers and shimmers
So inviting to jump in
You don’t realize it’s depth
until you are up to your neck
Treading water

We stood at the shore, letting the water
touch our toes
Younger not wiser
You don’t realize how cold it is, just standing
on the shore

I was up to my knees when we met
Enjoying the exhilaration
Unaware of the danger further out
where the sunshine shimmers on the water
Beauty on the surface
It’s depth covers the carnage below buried at sea

Around the bend beyond my vantage
Boats and shipwrecks
Litter a rocky shore
Were there any survivors
How did their journey end

He watched as I waded not saying a word
He did not invite me to come to the safety of shore
He pushed a boat toward me
Encouraged me to indulge more
Slowing my paddle took me further from shore
At times he was with me enjoying the view
Letting me paddle deeper
He simply enjoyed the view silent
Neglecting the rudder to bring us back to the shore

Once we were out and over our head
I noticed the waves
Rocking the boat
Spinning my head
Our ship will come in he said
A barge of good fortune

Once we were out
Over our heads
I saw what had been concealed
beyond the bend
My Captain had many ships wrecked on the shore
He had been tempted by this ocean before
he coveted more
Before us

The waves crest over my head
The sea no longer glistens
I feel dead
Weary from paddling
Weary from threading

I toss treasures and trinkets
to lighten the load
Things once had value
but now can’t be sold
The boat becomes lighter
I am stronger
My head above water
I am not the same

The sea of debt knows me by name
It won’t drag me down
Won’t swallow me whole
Some day my sail will unfurl
I’ll glide across the water
Enjoy the ride
Enjoy the view
Without the temptation
To dive in again

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