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Not Drowning But Waving – by Laurie Kuntz

Posted on Jul 2, 2017 by in August 2017 |

(a spin of Stevie Smith’s Not Waving But Drowning)

I was out too far, too deep,
instead of fearing the undertow
I floated, followed my heart’s compass
and found myself in a place
where the tide gently spoke to the shore–
this is what hope is truly about
the bird with feathers that swoops with grace
and finds its appetite sated in sea salt,
I swim out for a closer look at that pelican now perched
on a bouy, which is stamped with the message:
Do not anchor here
and I don’t–I keep swimming
far, but close enough, where you can see
I am not drowning, but waving.