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Watery Coffin

I look into my child’s eyes
Brown pools of innocence
And I see my reflection
A silhouette of heartbreak
I want to go back in time
I want to hold her tighter
I need to tell her I love her
And I’ll never let her go

But I did that fateful day
Repeatedly I screamed her name
My movements were slow
Everyone else was frozen in time
The water felt like quicksand
My enemy in my time of need
Waves crashing, distancing me
With each fall, they laugh at me

Another soul they are about to steal
Adding to their marine collection
My cries, fearful, they go unheard
The seagulls fly past, mocking me
I keep running in slow motion
Like I’m sloshing through molasses
The unbearable pain in my chest
My heart gone by ocean’s erosion

The salt fills my lungs, burning with fire
Panicking in despair, I see her body
Downturned, arms outstretched
Flying with the ones that took her from me
I beg her to breathe, I demand that she listens
I call her name in frustration
But she never responds to me
Her silence torments my ears

I hold her in my tight embrace
I tell her I love her…baby, I love you
I want to see her smile at me
I try to rewind time but it refuses
The twinkle in her eyes, darkened by death,
Reflects overwhelming heartbreak
A paralyzing sadness turned into numbness
The water took two lives that day.

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  1. Date: 8/16/2012 7:50:00 AM
    wow i feel your pain i feel your lose have lost my own beauifully heart written Loved it Donald

    Gilmore Avatar Constance Gilmore
    Date: 8/22/2012 1:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Luckily, this was just a nightmare I had and it wasn't reality. I'm sorry for your loss. :(
  1. Date: 8/16/2012 7:46:00 AM
    Great write. i love this the passion the hurt is clear to see. death is unkind it comes to us all even if you didn't have much time

    Gilmore Avatar Constance Gilmore
    Date: 8/22/2012 1:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much. :)