Poem: Realise When You’ve Had Enough

Poem: Realise When You’ve Had Enough


Frozen water rushes into the crack

The boat slowly sinks into my subconscious

Drowning itself in the forgotten memories that bubble towards the surface

Hitting the bottom, it slides down the sand

 

The boat slowly sinks into my subconscious

Revealing hidden shadows in the murk

Hitting the bottom, it slides down the sand

The crack expands, the cold water surrounds us

 

Revealing hidden shadows in the murk

Our past revealed to the world, one Red Bird Match at a time

The crack expands, the cold water surrounds us

Striking alive and burning through the oxygen left in the hull

 

Our past revealed to the world, one Red Bird Match at a time

The fire sparks underwater, terrible but that’s us

Striking alive and burning through the oxygen left in the hull

Do we release the boat and struggle to breathe as we reach out for the sun?

 

The fire sparks underwater, terrible but that’s us

Tell me when you’ve seen enough

Do we release the boat and struggle to breathe as we reach out for the sun?

Is that all?

 

Tell me when you’ve seen enough

Frozen water rushes into the crack

Is that all?

Drowning itself in the forgotten memories that bubble towards the surface

 

Anika Matthews is a fourth year English major at the University of Guelph. When asked about her poetry, Anika said, “I always thought of poetry as an old form of expression but through poetry I was able to express my emotions and have consequently gained respect for the often forgotten form of writing.”

Photo courtesy of Chris Lawton via CC0

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