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Water Cycle

Updated on April 11, 2011

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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    • Tom Rubenoff profile image

      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

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

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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from 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 6 years ago from United States

      Sometimes it's about growing gills. :)

      Thank you.

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      Randy Behavior 6 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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      Richard Francis Fleck 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I enjoyed the imagery and empathy of this poem. Thanks