I’ve always been afraid of the sea/ the power and the viciousness/ as a weary soul is pulled deep/ being suffocated/ being engulfed/ the sea demanding that the victim/ respects its strength.
I’ve always been afraid/ of the depth of my love for you/ your hollow emotions/ lukewarm responses/ as I sink deeper/ your icy grip/ engulfs me/ suffocates me/ I struggle to grab hold/ of something that is a bit tender/ something to entangle our humanness/ something that makes us both whole.
Arlene Antoinette is a poet of West Indian birth who grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Brooklyn College and worked as an instructor with disabled individuals for many years. You may find additional work by Arlene at Foxglove Journal, Little Rose Magazine, I am not a silent Poet, Tuck Magazine, The Feminine Collective, The Open Mouse, Amaryllis Poetry, Boston Accent Lit, Sick Lit Magazine, Postcard Shorts, 50 Word Stories, The Ginger Collect, Neologism Poetry Journal and Your Daily Poem.