Flotsam and Blossom — A woeful recollection

“How do you do the things that you do?”
I asked her, softly, whispering my shame into
Unopened petals of virgin blossoms,
Disregarded chastity of undesired flotsam,

“I do the things I do as well as I may,
Fighting the dragons, only I can slay!”
She cheerfully trilled; not a note of distress,
Unflinching smiles marked her face as fearless,

I fought as she did; slaying yet swaying;
Always wondering if I was overstaying,
Time; marked, counted, outlined, outgrown,
Floating, passing, drifting, away, alone.

“How d-do you do the things that you do?”
This time I stammered as my voice grew,
As soon as my doubt escaped my lips,
My courage retreated, forever eclipsed,

Dismay drowned my heart as quick sand,
Lungs filled with terror—breathless on land,
Tell me, I cried inside, how? why? when? where?
Tearing at the collapsing walls, I offered a wild prayer.

Fall upon me, one by one, droplets of falling sand,
Mirthless as trickling water, heavy as wet land,
Consume my breaths as I respire and swear,
I am brave; I have courage; I do, most defiantly, dare!

Perhaps, today, I am left to feel raw and un-mended,
Checkered by demise and love consummately blended,
I may never know how you do the things you dare do,
For I see a dream that I alone must pursue.

It floats along, a ship of gold-drenched masts,
Pirates dare to dream as this flag sails past,
Oceans deep swallow paths from before my eyes,
Ne’er once listening to my heart-wrenching cries,

Words muddle the scene I have in mind,
Making me search with no treasure to find,
Lost at sea in a world of wordless voices,
Empty passions based on impotent choices,

“How do you do the things that you do?”
I asked her, softly, whispering my shame into
Unopened petals of virgin blossoms,
Disregarded chastity of undesired flotsam.

 

–fin

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