Why Would I Leave the Sea?

Two kids on a borrowed dock, I push away saying going to look for turtles who should be there, noses just visible, green leaves breathing in and out. Can’t find them today-swim back, watch leaves drift tiny rafts on water cups the sky, reflect the blue sky, deep green water you laugh, lift your head back, river-legs-dock-children-trees-hill-home.

For years

I have

Had dreams of swimming

Miragy things


The pool will be closed

Or inexplicably elusive

Sometimes I resort to paddling through

The shallows

I interpret these dreams

As desire


To know

That I can find

The girl who like me

Slips through

Both shallows and deeps

The silence and the call

From lacrimal waters