Written for my English assignment (required to write lyric poem about any topic)
Inspiration: pool scene from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Time (Hans Zimmer), Believe Me/ Gate of Steiner (Abe Takeshi).
Drowning. Dark, inky, hungry hands in the water
Dragging me down, phantom voices roaring
Rapidly rising bubbles. Fear rises like a sharp knife against my spine
Above, streaks of frantic colour twisting, diving, soaring.
Black, white, and grey of a wasted life surging
Hands reaching for the surface, grasping at air
A single thought – I can’t swim – and a momentary flash.
Panic surging, noise everywhere, and at the same time, nowhere
Fish fly, unconcerned, swimming through the bubbles
Swirling into careless oblivion. Someone help me –
The ocean’s arms envelop my entire being crushingly,
Pulling me deeper and deeper into the unforgiving sea.
Dark. Too dark. A brush against my arm, a little slither –
The sea squeezes all sound from any escaping word
No light. No courage. No one beneath the tides of the ocean
But me. Darkness rumbling, dreaming and reality blurs
Hands that have reached out and grasped nothing,
A voice that has called out and left unheard
Eyes that struggle to see beyond the black, blinding veil
Feet whose wish to touch bare ground goes unanswered
Hand takes hand, voice meets willing ear, eyes are opened
The rush of being pulled from the depths tingling against my feet
Air. Warm, sweeping gusts of wind, and the harsh, welcoming glare
Of a summer sun, and the air, entering freed lungs, salty and sweet.
A step, and I stumble slightly, marveling at the rough sand
Beneath my toes. No bottomless abysses, no hungry fingers
Digging into my back. Turning, to offer my eternal thanks, but –
No one. Only the whisper of the sea, the surge of the breeze, the screaming of the gulls, the subtle scent of life – lingers.