It’s not enough… How could it be?
You gave me a taste, a drop of vanilla
Splashed across my lips.
I wanted more but you turned the bottle
Upside down and shook your head
Then walked away from that look in my eyes.
Like a swimmer who suddenly finds herself
Far out to sea
I struck for shore, a flutter in my chest.
No lifeguard to rescue me, no stranger
On the beach to wink and say it will be ok
Just my heart and the memory of that taste.
I am calmed now, remembering that day
I didn’t make it, you know…
But my God! That water held me closer than I deserved.
(Thanks to OSI for the writing prompt, “Calmed”)
14 thoughts on “Calmed”
This is wonderful, April! So inspiring!
Yes, by all means, please do write more. 🙂
My old boss at NASA Houston used to tell me, “Jim, write faster!”
wow.. breathtaking poetry, April.. I agree with Evelyn, you really ought to write more 🙂
My Survival for OSI Calmed
Wow- I love your writing! So poignant and many- layered. Loved this!
post more damn it!
when you do, you suck the air right out of me!
“I didn’t make it, you know…
But my God! That water held me closer than I deserved.”
Evelyn, you are too sweet. lol. I am about to start a “get your ass in gear” writing course… One can only hope this translates into more blog entries…. ha!
no pressure. cant hurry the good stuff.
I check you everyday.
Enjoyed the story and imagery!
Thanks, everyone! I started this piece several times and deleted everything that didn’t come straight from the heart. I appreciate your feedback greatly…
wonderfully powerful piece. Though tender and oozing with pain, an enjoyment to take in.
Very nice – the final line brings it round in a superb fashion!
Wow, I love this! The ending is haunting! Nice symbolism.
Powerful! It takes only one intoxicating drop of vanilla, doesn’t it?
wow..powerful imagery drawn here…