pearls

Ripped Tide

Posted in rondeau redoublé by maggie on 2010/04/02

You'll not be back to settle your affairs,
to sweep through driftwood pieces left behind
distinguishing what's still yours from what was theirs,
your forwarding address still undefined.

Escape! the chance to not feel so confined—
I know.  Remember, I heard all your prayers
and know the god you wanted them to find.
You'll not be back to settle your affairs,

to help identify your rightful heirs
or have your proper places reassigned,
so I'm the one the angry current dares
to sweep through driftwood pieces left behind

if but to salvage one pearl to remind
if only me what their cold questionnaires
mistook, misrepresented, and maligned,
distinguishing what's still yours from what was theirs.

So what if silence drowned you out!  Who cares?
One word of yours was worth all theirs combined.
But blank's the surface your horizon wears,
your forwarding address still undefined.

Did you just float too far?  Or was I blind
to riptides in your longings and despairs?
Tight eddies twisting through our love unwind
to solitary sides of parted pairs—
You'll not be back.

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