No wake

life vests

They serve as a reminder that life is not easy
It is not safe to dip your toe in the water

Don’t venture out too deep
There are leviathan and krakens
Lying in wait, ready to carry you into the fathomless abyss
Whales to swallow you whole
Sharks to eat you alive

It is not safe when you are out of your depth
Stay in the shallows where it is undemanding

There are no rip currents to drag you under
No eddies disorienting you, turning you in all directions
Float on the slack tides, where all tension ceases
Away from danger, away from uncertainty
The farther from shore, the murkier the waters

It is not safe to swim alone
The sea always keeps her secrets


4 thoughts on “No wake

  1. It’s hard to listen to “dive in” when you know that it’s not always safe to just do it. This was written as an ode to that hesitation.

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