Not Today: A Poem

Not Today: A poemI can feel them like waves of darkness

Approaching closer, closer,

Hitting my body, causing me to

Kick and struggle, underneath the

Salty world of my emotions.

The wave passes,

I look up, tired, salty,

But breathing.

I will not drown.

I am on land and the waves are sparse




They become more frequent, stronger

crash crash crash crash crash

Until I am swept out to the

merciless sea of my emotions.

Thrashing for my life,

I bob in and out of the water

in and out of despair.

I feel dark, cold.

The salt burns my skin.

Screaming in terror

I might drown.

My body goes limp

I have no more will to fight,

Allowing my emotions to take control.

The waves carry my body, my mind

Slowly, toward the shore.

Gently rocking me, before placing

Me on the soft warm sand.

Filled with pain, exhausted,

but breathing.

The tide lowers and withdraws.

Bowing back into the sea

As if to say,

“I’m sorry”.

The sun warms my body,

Caresses my wounds.

A gentle smile touches my lips.

I will not drown.

Not today.

Not Today: A Poem

Published by Fireflies and Jars

Hello! My name is Tracey Gerlach. Professionally, I am a Positive Psychology Practitioner and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Unprofessionally, I'm a doubting dreamer who's just trying to make every moment count. Follow along!

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