I Swam There To Your Side

by jimowensjr

You swam out from the shore

into the churning tide,

called out for my help.

I swam there to your side.

 

There in the white-capped surf

I offered you my hand.

And with a steady stroke, I

pulled you back on to the sand.

 

Once more into the waters,

you went into the deep.

My fears, they were no worry.

Your heart I couldn’t keep.

 

You called for me again,

my pleading you ignored.

Chest heaving though it was,

I swam to you once more.

 

The waters swept me out,

fighting swirling seas.

Dismay upon my face,

I wanted you to please.

 

Skies grew dark all ‘round,

and full of much alarm.

I called to you and said,

“I’ll keep you safe from harm.”

 

I pulled you from the fury,

My heart pounding with fatigue,

I stood there right beside you,

then fell upon my knees.

 

From the roiling waters,

where you always went,

You didn’t seem to notice

that all my strength was spent.

 

In one last rescue,

you clung upon my back.

I brought you back to shore,

but I could not go back.

 

Swam with all my might,

I wanted you to save,

while gasping for my breath,

from the ocean’s grave.

 

So now I walk alone,

along this peaceful shore.

Grateful for the journey,

though I could not do more.

 

You swam out from the shore

into the churning tide,

called out for my help.

I hope you know I tried.

 

 

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