i am drowning in an ocean salted by my tears.
the overpowering waves beat me closer to shore and my feet
can almost touch the sandy bottom but--
i am washed out again.
there are voracious sharks in these waters
that would like nothing more to devour my failing heart
but i swim the best i can
and manage to stay afloat.
i scream that i am drowning but you must not hear me--
the handsome lifeguard in the 90's movies we used to watch,
who stands on the shore and looks out onto the ocean
but doesn't see a thing.