by Hanno van der Bijl
The scorpion waves encompassed me
grabbed me by the ankles
their pincers, dragging my body across the floor
All was darkness
All was confusion
Unseen forces pounding me from every direction
My head came back out into the light
and saw you running and diving in
I thought, “Everything will be ok.”
We were both up to our necks
Together we floated to stay alive
I did not fear for you were with me
It felt like forever but I made it to shore
But you almost died in the ocean that day.
And now we’re drowning again
Unseen forces pound us from every direction.
I’m diving in – that’s all I can do
When will the next wave come to take us ashore?
When will we be delivered?
Come O, Come O Wave
You pulled us into this
Now push us out.