Water Cycle



I stood agape
Helpless as a wave
Of foaming churning water 
Flooded the hall 


Face mashed against the tile 
I seethed in impotence 
A goldfish 
In a toilet bowl 


Fighting the current 
Inhaling liquid I choked 
And drowned 
Despondent, dead  


Suddenly the water receded 
I was left bereft of it 
Flotsam on the floor 
Surrounded by soggy life 


Imagining an improved past 
I splashed in friendly-seeming 
Puddles that merely glared 
Back my reflection 


Regular as the tide 
Flattened by the tsunami 
My life cycling  
Destruction and bereavement 


One day I chose to flow 
With the current  
Let it carry me along with it 
To a new dream  


Where the sun shone 
Through tall windows 
Warming my rest 
I slept like a cat 


Awakened like a fish 
By the sudden returning tide 
I did what fish do 
And swam 

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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

I enjoyed the imagery and empathy of this poem. Thanks


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Be at peace and bob to the top. It should be easy for one as naturally happy as you Tom.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Sometimes it's about growing gills. :)

Thank you.


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

What a stark contrast: cat sleeping in sunlight to a fish engulfed in cold water. That may not be exactly what you wrote, but that is the feeling I got. That was beautiful.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

What you got is what is important to me. Thank you!

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