surges on the other shore

now that i have been there
i can tell you

i can tell you of the other shore
(you who stand on the gantries,
silhouettes against the sun) –

facts i will recount in greater length
at some more comfortable time

for now my stomach turns
muscles shake with exhaustion
salt water burns in my mouth
and there is still so far to return
across this treacherous
strait of brooding waves –

but i will say this, that when i got there
when i got to the other shore
there were unexpected surges
that took me into caverns

filled with the sea and
relentlessly pumping

they overpowered me
the surges on the other shore

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