The Runaway

It isn’t trouble with those I live with
That makes me leave the houses where I live
The stories they talk about with each other

Are never about me. I have not been there.
The laughter is not a laughter I share
It is always theirs, not mine.

But outside there is always the beach
The Outer Banks, the boom of breakers
In the moist night air

I slip out when no one notices
And walk South in shorts and t-shirt
Striding fast but easily fast
My bare feet striking the sand, heels first.


Leaving my prints behind.
The longshore breeze blowing cool on my face
The ocean waves traveling unimaginable distances

To rumble and spume in luminous glory
The beach is my home, and mine alone
The damp sand giving to my feet
A million stars scattered on the trail of night


At sea, a single light wavers, lost and alive
And in a sudden strangeness, it seems
I have always been walking here.

It is all so uncannily familiar
That I cannot imagine myself not here.
My real self has forever been part of the rumbling night


Always known this wind and sand
This scattering of stars
And only now


It is only after leaving the confines of home,
And set out walking, and diving into the sea
That I have joined myself.
Only now have I remembered who I really am.
Ashe




Poetry by Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-04-27 at 16:03

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Christopher Fernie
Dear Ashe,

I very much enjoyed reading this exquisite piece, from the claustrophobia of the beginning to the liberating oxygen of the end.

Bravo indeed!

Write on!

Cheers,

Chris
2017-05-01


Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
I suppose laughter sometimes is accessible to only some. Because I am the youngest in my family I was always left out of "laughter". I enjoyed reading this very much.
2017-04-29


Dah
A heart-felt, romantic take
on leaving the "confines of home":

"It is only after leaving the confines of home,
And set out walking, and diving into the sea
That I have joined myself.
Only now have I remembered who I really am"

Bravo Poet! ––))
2017-04-27


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
jeeze, this is great. 'know thyself,' and you do. better yet, explain yourself, and you do.

so vivid!

i wonder if we each have our place where we join ourselves.
2017-04-27


ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
You are you
remain you!
always! be
YOUR - SELF!
Ken
2017-04-27