I Need a River


what if i am an ocean
and she is a river?

you can’t fit an ocean
into a river;
it will flood.

i will contaminate
maybe she needs a little salt
in her,

maybe the river needs to carve a
path to the ocean,
meet me halfway,
but the rock wall between us cannot be broken
by such a small river.

my ocean is only getting bigger. how
can i expect her
to keep up?

the waves keep crashing
each one greater than the last,
and if they hit the wall,
it will
i need a river to carve
me out


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Accompanying photo: “Crashing Waters” by Danielle Deculus