Had made me feel free.
Like that one time,
When I wanted nothing more than to jump into the ocean.
I had a fear of sharks and jellyfish.
You held my hand and ran with me.
Let me be baptized by the sea.
You became everything.
Your kindness faded.
You found yourself growing more and more like them.
I hadn’t noticed.
I was immune to them.
Their caress left burn marks across my skin.
I couldn’t commune with them.
They never let me in.
Never felt the burn of their touch.
Their siren call called out to you.
Much too much.
Soon you became like them.
Crafty in your cruelty.
Tongue like venom.
Touched by toxin.
And your touch
Burned my skin.
To remind you of the waters where you and me
Offered our footprint to the sea.
Where we fought back tides of sharks and jellyfish.
And though I wish you could see,
Like the ocean,
The memory was just too big.
And your mind
Had become too small.
Are another memory cutting deep.
Passing through the skin,
Forming painful wounds deep within.
I blame myself.
I bear guilt for not having seen the change until it was too late.
I lost you.
Forgot that not all of us can see through the dark.
And in that dark
They took you.
Another victim of their manufactured light.
Light that was never bright,
Showed you the dark,
It shaped your heart.