The Life Saver
I tripped and trailed through arid sand
along the twisting path of fears and tears
that led my weary feet through cut of grass
and lizard reeds that opened up eventually the beach,
and there you were, stood face to evening waves
that washed upon the silky shore.
A sudden thought - (a premonition?) made you turn
to see me run out clothed into the shallows.
You laughed at first, to spy me rush upon the water,
delighted as I stretched into the deep, and then
aghast to see me rise all broken in the lightening splash
of moon on ocean. And disappear again.
Brave, you ran into the choppy water; called
my name; held out your arms, but I couldn't hear,
or reach you, and your love of the sea had
never granted you a wish to swim. And still, you dove right in;
caught my hair in one swift hand before I fell down to the bed;
drew me to you; waded us to safety on the shore - held me
warm, and in your eyes I saw the silvery moon
beam brightly down on me - beached - no longer strong
enough to swim for life - you saved me. Hand in hand
we walked that length of beach all night, into a gentle dawn,
until we sunk into the damp and salty sand, as pale
the watery sun rose from the sea - and we were gone.