this is the sea/

©2021 Michael Raven

unmoored and adrift
i reach out for two hands
to plunge me into icy waters
delve into my felon chest
to draw the poison of
forever years from my soul
black burnt pitch thick
with coagulated blood pudding

draw out the fetid fantasies
draw out the traitorous dreams
tear out the scarred soul meat
    kill off the pale, sick-filled me

this dying is necessary
      the vessel, cleared and
            the soul filled with the
    the ever-moving sea

horizons draw eyes
      for this is the sea
Photo by Ray Bilcliff on

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