Grievance of a dismayed child
I know it’s age
that runs away on riverbeds
your patterned swimsuit
on my mind
I was so small and you so tall
now I have grown into the sky
left you there on shifting sand
pebbles roll beneath your feet
and waters lick around your calves
Why does the tide not stay away?
Why do you have to drift along?
I cannot swim to rescue you
out of a lifetime’s ocean
Each creek does find the sea it needs
I learned this from the tales you’ve told
and yet how could I not foresee
that drops and people flow the same?
I’m just allowed to let you float
and send some lonely tears with you
One day my creek will follow yours
and find the ocean that you know