John Marsden Writing Topic #339

Personify some great force, such as the ocean**

Waves (Taken Hold)

The waves that took you away from me

are trying to draw me in

I know this—

when the waves: salty and cold

wash over my toes

as if they know

I’m afraid

of what’s in the water.

Because they don’t care

whether you are young or old

I can’t let my whole body be taken hold.

 

The waves that took you away from me

are doing my head in,

they know I’m staring at them

and they’re putting on a show

to let me know

that they have the answer

to my unspoken question

of whether they will take me next?

 

Their answer is yes,

but they won’t tell me when

as they feel joy when they see my tears

because they’re aware of my fears,

so they love to keep me guessing.

 

The waves that took you away from me

soar higher and higher

pointing toward the place

where you watch over me,

where one day you’ll come down

take my hand and keep me safe,

when my time comes to enter.

I hope that day is far away

if it is, I willingly surrender.

But for now I’ll stay

and I’ll find my way

back to shore.

And I’ll keep walking until

I can’t take steps anymore.

 

I can’t let my whole body be taken hold.

Not yet.

 

 

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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