The Bathtub

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Painting of a depression.

Submitted: May 21, 2019

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Submitted: May 21, 2019

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The Bathtub

 
The mist, the fog, the heat.
Lying inside the ark of Noah, I sailed 
To an island of immortals. I sang 
The last swan song of "I can't." I sank
With water running off tap, 
Now filling up my head.
 
Inside the whole bathtub of dreams,
I exhaled each waste of abuse, of pain. I tried.
I inhaled each droplet of love, of care. I wished.
Yet, there were too many each one of them!
And too much lack of them!
I couldn't control my breath, at last. 
I let them rush, one by one, ton by ton, 
Into my lungs, my head and my heart.
 
Struggling. Suffocating. Straggling.
 
A string of pictures I ever had of last twelve years, 
Parading across my eyes with tears. Oh, they stung!
Not much to remember, not much to treasure. 
Why was I crying then? I asked. 
Hadn't I admitted "I can't"? Didn't I wish to sink? 
Where was God? I wondered. 
I was an abandoned child. I gathered. 
By my family, my teacher and my God. 
 
Water still running, my heart nearly stopping.
I hoped, there was one arm, even one yell
To scoop me out of mud. I waited. I willed.
There was getting no more struggling but mingling
Of blood and water; of life and death. Oh, it hurt. 
 
Suddently, a silhouette of my figure floated above the tub, 
My afterlife, my Angel. I thought. 
She looked into my eyes. Head shaking. Reprimanding. 
She said, 'RISE and STAND! You idiot!' 
'While there seems to have nothing to wish for,
Don't forget to love yourself and continue to hope.'
 
I rose and stood out of the bathtub. 
Threw up whole tub of shames, of insults and the past. 
As if nothing had happened.
But I knew out of the mist, the fog and the heat,
I had reborn. 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


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