7/30

 

i went to seek solace in the sea
but none was to be found there.
brooding dark unaccountable
beyond the breakers,
on the cliffs the watches and waiters.
danger tape across the stairs
and down below
dragmarks and a bodybag
claimed from the waves.
it would have been irreverent to stay
stumbling as i had
unintentional and uninvited
into this taut faced vigil –
this family hoping
and not hoping
that the body is theirs
flesh of their flesh
lost days before at sea.
i was looking for a little sunshine
but found the day cast a shadow
bigger than me.

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