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Swallowed Death

I wade the waterside enticing death.
The sea extols the brash to th’ outermost
Abyss. A ‘know it all’, I challenged this 
Watery host.

I capsized in the tumultuous seas;
I’m in the heart of the abyssal deep.
The billowing waters; they crest and fall,
Enmesh and sweep.

Disjointed and astray from sight, I strive
Complacently for that redemptive shoal.
This mortuary that’s surrounding me
Entombs my soul.

I look toward the surface as I scan
The depth of darkness for some tethered hope.
I clutch my hands into the obvious
End of my rope.

The moorings are beyond my grasp. I gasp
And struggle for air as I hold my breath.
The hint is clear enough; I closed my eyes
And swallowed Death.

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  1. Date: 8/14/2010 9:11:00 AM
    Congratulations Larry on your win in Nikko Palmario's contest "Twist and SHOCK" Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/10/2010 9:56:00 PM
    Larry, this is a great poem and I enjoyed reading it. COngrats.Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 8/8/2010 8:19:00 AM
    Many congratulations Larry on your win in Nikko's fine contest >> James

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 9:42:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Larry

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 6:16:00 PM
    Linda ... thx for the support. I am flattered to have placed. Enjoy your day, Larry

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 6:15:00 PM
    Nikko .. thx for the recognition & I am surprised that you liked. Larry

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 12:11:00 PM
    Congrats Larry on your winning poem in the Twist and Shock contest with this exceptional write and win.. enjoy a sweet victory...with luv..

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 9:58:00 AM
    Hi Larry! You sure got me hooked with this one and I was dying to know how this ended ;)-- very captivating poem & congrats on being in my winner's list :) -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 2/5/2010 6:32:00 AM
    I am flattered at the reviews this poem has received. I was not aware this selection has been read by all of the fine folks who took the time to read and review. THX :)

  1. Date: 2/4/2010 2:41:00 PM
    This is one of the best poems I've read so far chico nice work -Nemo

  1. Date: 12/23/2009 11:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on making it through the first round of the PoetrySoup Site October Contest. I wish you the best in the finals Larry. May 2010 be the year you see your writing endeavors become reality. Love and blessings to you and yours always, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:54:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 2:17:00 PM
    This is an outstanding quatrain, Larry. Congratulations on making it to round two! Merry Christmas, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 11:17:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 12/4/2009 7:21:00 PM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Larry. Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/3/2009 12:55:00 PM
    Many congrats on your piece being featured this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 12/1/2009 4:47:00 AM
    Congratulations on your excellent poem being featured this week Larry. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/30/2009 12:13:00 PM
    Many congratulations on your poem being featured Larry >> James

  1. Date: 11/30/2009 9:50:00 AM
    Larry, congratulations on your feature this week. Sincerely, Moses

  1. Date: 11/30/2009 5:51:00 AM
    Excellente write. Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. A. W.