Drowning

Sink or swim, they said.
You can’t hold his hand
He is not yours.

They expected you would
Stay afloat.
They expected you would
Save yourself.

You are drowning
And I cannot save you.

Sink or swim, they said
You cannot hold his hand
He is not yours.

They did not say that you would sink.
They did not say that you would
Be too far gone to hear me.
They did not say that I would
Be tied to this anchor,
Unable to save you.

Sink or swim, I said.
You can’t hold his hand.
He is not yours.

You are drowning.
I heard you cry out
Saw the terror in your eyes
As you came up for a last
Goodbye.

You are drowning
Fading into nothing
Faster than I could reach you,
Were I able to wrench myself
From the anchor
Dragging me under.

I did not tell you that
You would sink
Alone.
I did not tell you that
I could not save you.
I did not tell you
That I could not swim.

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