I wish I could reach you

You floated from the river and into my eyes, and I reached for you through weedy tangles.

The slippery green leaves slid past my hands as their names escaped my tongue.
If I could shout them out perhaps some mastery could be maintained, but no.

I waded out for you as you bobbed gently on the wide leaf bright and inviting.
Soft skin, bright eyes, petals unfolding.

With just one step too far in I began to sink and be sucked into a silty world of confusion.

Words became moot, as air became water and I slipped into deathly sleep with lungs that burned as bright as the sun.


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