Safe Harbor in the Night

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Rains cause my waters to rise.

Crushing tidal pressure

as the waves of all

my little responsibilities coalesce,

putting me at the intersection

of their collisions.

The email I never sent,

the paper I could be drafting,

the reading to do, the friend I haven’t called,

this I haven’t done, that I haven’t done, I didn’t do, I pushed off, I failed-

Stop. I remind myself to breathe.


So, I stride away,

I go into the night filled

with no disturbances,

except for the crickets I scare silent.

I tread with an even tempo,

to force my breath to follow,

and to make it slow

I put some stretch into my gait.

Focusing my pace distracts

my preoccupation.

My castle against the waves,

as I go to a place

from which I can gaze.


I survey the sky:

a sea of smooth, uninterrupted clouds,

a cool breeze to force away

the boiling heat within.

I relish the silence

and the emptiness.

The lack of presences

producing a lack of pressures.

Draining the ocean within

of the excess rain water.

Slowly returning to the lake it usually is,

my lake, a lake as smooth as the sky

which has given me harbor.

Submitted: November 07, 2020

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Ann Sepino

I was about to log out when this popped up on my homepage. The title grabbed my attention, so I clicked, and I can say that it was worth the read. :) Love the even pacing and the subtle approach to delivering the poem's message! Thankyou for writing and sharing this with everyone.

Sat, November 7th, 2020 3:02am


Thank you for the response!
I didn’t really think to expect any feedback since I didn’t really know how things worked here before submitting some pieces her for the contest/community. So, I certainly didn’t expect any so soon after posting, which makes it all the sweeter.
Thanks for making my night. :D

Fri, November 6th, 2020 7:40pm

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