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Shallow..I was misled by dark shades in the river's dark appearance.
And even as my hand reached in it offered me no clearance..
The river flowed so gracefully that I couldn't resist its charm...
The curves,lining and infant waves denied the hint of harm....
So as my soul stripped garments off to sacrifice me bare.....
I realized during my rapid fall what has always been there......
This metaphoric river I use in place of you.......
That promised me such depth resulted so untrue........
Shallow as a damn puddle on a rainy day at noon.........
I hurt myself serverly diving into you so soon...........
ViolinI remember the day
you told me violins
were strung with cat gut
and that is why
you hated music
(who says that to a child?)
I followed you
all that summer.
I watched you
grow away from mother -
your whiskey held better conversations
and all she did was cry.
We'd sit cross-legged on the porch
and count the horseflies
settling on our lunch.
You would drown tadpoles
in a bucket
surprised they could not swim
and I would dream
of cherry popsicles.
And when night would gather
on the sidewalk
I'd hold my breath
until a star appeared.
Don't bother making wishes
you'd tell me -
stars are dead weight in heaven
and God has cloth ears.
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