The sunrise of youth
Warmed the green crystal of Atlantic shallows.
Life splashed and sparkled,
Teasing the sands that anchored time.
Beached hours spent
In dreams afloat on hope’s horizon.
The sunburn of puberty’s rashness
Healing in the shadows of maturity.
Strength reflected in reality’s glare.
Courage launched onto silver seas
Through waves of doubt
On an outward tide.
Afternoon labor under diminished sail,
To alter an unalterable course,
Evading the exposed and abandoned hulks
Of wrecked endeavors.
Oceans crossed; no harbor found
In the dying winds of twilight.
Becalmed now in darkness,
Tethered to the cold certainty of Pacific depths.