By Mendara Lynn Chan
I remember the fear and hesitation before
Never knowing if I could really handle it for sure
The ocean so alluring from where I stand on the beach
But the risks run deep, hidden out of sight and reach
Do I take the plunge? And dive right in?
Do I stay here ashore and take time within?
What of my freedom, my body, my time?
Do I choose between them, or could each be mine?
Will this life I create be adorned with good health?
Could I keep us afloat in the deepest waters past the shelf ?
Questions unanswered yet the yearning deepens inside
The call of the sea rises, pulling me closer with each tide
Each wave beacons and soothes at the break
I walk towards it without a retake
Gentle waves of salt water soothe over my feet
As sounds so blissful, within my heart meet
I’m not prepared, I know nothing at all
I plant my feet in the sand and try not to fall
The ripe tides and current pull down to my core
I hold my breath and swim even further from shore
Floating to the surface I feel light and love
Waves sway around me, I see only blue skies above
Sounds so pleasant they radiate my soul
Salt flavoured air, the bitter sweet taste worth the toll
The tides came in that beautiful night
Washed away all doubt or fear in sight
The morning sea so peaceful, gentle and calm
Arising from the waters, I sing a new song
Stronger and wiser, filled with ultimate bliss
Forever changed from that very first forehead kiss
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