well drowning/

©2022 Michael Raven

i have been drowning
too often of late
my breath, like razors
as i try to draw it all in
make something of
nothing in this sinking
hand stretched out
writhing grasp for an
anchor that won't
drag
me
down

but

the agony remains
pinprick thorns on
scarlet rose mortality
to remind me that i am
still real

i toss coins in the well
from below
and wish for a dream
knowing i have
drank too much of
this wine to
dream

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