You say you want
to show me something,
but won't say what.
We drive in silence,
the sky is a strange mix,
somehow light and dark
at the same time.
We come to a body of water,
calm, clear and dazzlingly blue,
azure, sapphire, and turquoise
all at the same time.
You stop the car
with the wheels in the water
and tell me to get out.
I take off my shoes
and roll my pant legs
into cuffs below my knees.
When I open the door
I feel as high as if I was
sitting in a monster truck
instead of our sedan.
I point my toes,
slowly sliding down,
until I am standing
in the tranquil blue water.
“It's warm,” I say,
but there is no one to hear.
You are gone
and I am alone.
The sun sets suddenly,
like a light switch turned off,
but I am not afraid.
The water is still
azure, sapphire, and turquoise
as it slides against the navy sky.
Enveloped in blue,
I am at peace.
I want to stay here
forever.

~Elise Skidmore ©2020

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4 Comments

  1. Lovely. The poem seems to be limiting & limitless at the same time..
    The loneliness one feels due to the absence of a partner is very limiting but the memories of the time spent & his ephemeral presence is always limitless.. Loved this soulful poem.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and I’m thrilled to hear that you loved this poem. I hadn’t thought about it that way, but I love the idea of the poem being limiting and limitless at the same time, so thank you for that too..

  2. I am always amazed at what a wonderful writer you are. I am so happy you share your stories with us. As always they are beautiful and thought provoking.

    1. Thanks so much, Lucille! I was just thinking about you earlier today and wondering how you were since I hadn’t seen you for a while, so I’m happy to know you’re still out there reading my words. Stay well, my friend!