drowning in salty sea

of tears shed from eyes of me


far from where I launched

from shore afar in distant land


in desperate vain attempts

to understand what’s happened


why it went the way it did

who I am and how I failed


saline rivers that merge

in ocean of pasts partly submerged


my dizzy head up and down

waves spinning me round and round


on water sinking my lungs

aspirating it deep, soaking like sponge


for understanding from you

lost in the rip tide of blackened view


to bottom like a rock in a pond

daylight above shrinking to naught


my last breath of captured air

goodbye to the world

fair or unfair

~ Emily Clapper


“Adrift” ~ AUDIO voice recording on SoundCloud

(Photo: Emily Clapper, Carkeek Beach, Seattle, WA 5/16)



32 thoughts on “Adrift

    1. Thanks, M! I’d rather ups and downs than flat, at least I’m risking life, right? πŸ™‚ Some poems are specific, some poems are general reflections…memories, etc. And some are most definitely fantasy. πŸ˜‰ Hugs back to you! ❀


  1. Who knew endings could be so poetic ! Very emotional poem Em, love the way you’ve woven the poem around those emotions and feelings, brilliant ! Love your writing and how you experiment with each poem, and lovely photo too, Cheers πŸ™‚

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