Photo, Jolene Monheim
We are destined to be together, he tells her,
And she replies, Always… all ways.
But what do you say to the beloved
Who dares you… for Love… to drown in the sea?
Drown with me, he says,
And, Yes, she says, these are waves for you and me.
To sink, and as I fall, to choke, not on water,
But on the stillness of surrender and abandon.
To lose my Self to Yours, he says.
I drown, if I must, though I have already hit bottom,
Touched the end with my fingers, she says,
Fallen with full consciousness upon settling sands.
But though we drown, the depth of this ocean
Cannot snuff out the light of the sun, they chant,
Nor the having been-ness of yesterday,
Nor the will be-ness of tomorrow,
Nor the unquiet truth…
That the sky remains sky,
The sea remains sea,
And you and I… you and I.