I stared for a long time without seeing

I spoke for a long time without words

I listened for a long time without wanting

I grew silent and lapsed into water

I took no notice of the dust filled heavens

I glanced not once as the sun grew dim

I gathered only what was required

And when the lives breathed no more and grew still

Only then did I weep for sadness

Only then did I pray for another soul

I am the planet you miscarried

I am the world you loved no more

And once upon a time I heard the laughter of children

And I felt the peace from all creatures upon me

And once upon a time I knew what it felt like to be loved

Before the terrible silence descended inside me

Before the tears drowned out this once living home

But now I am so barren.

And now I am so alone.

I, Alone.

Open Water & Squad Training and Learn 2 Swim lessons. Email: kougaswim@vodamail.co.za

Marla Stormwolf-Patty
July 2011

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