Dogs 2010

SHIPWRECK
(8/17/10)


you
see them
bobbing helplessly
in the massive
cold gray
swells

even though
they are drowning
many
are not looking
for rescue

they feel
their struggle
but have accepted
it as normal
until they
finally sink
beneath
the surface

the ones
who do
seek escape
do not always
reach
for the life
rings

they think
that they
can make it
on their own

they only see
the immediate
churning waters
assuming they can
swim ashore
not fathoming
the vast ocean
of their
dysfunction

the ones
who grab hold
of offered lifelines
and allow themselves
to be pulled to safety
do not always
make it
to the boat

they lose
hope
seeing too much
turbulent sea
between them
and the vessel
giving up
then perishing

you can
only
save those
willing
to be helped
within your
limited scope
of primary
purpose

the survivors
pulled aboard
sigh in relief
lying on the
dry decks
taking in
the clean air
of recovery

then
you see them
smiling again
breathing evenly
walking and
talking
with ease

however
when difficulties
arise
some jump
overboard
avoiding the
discomfort of living
placing themselves
right back
in the maelstrom
as if
they had never
left

a very few
do stay aboard
and make it back
to safe harbor
to stand again
upon sobriety's
solid ground

they return
to their homes
benefitting
from their experience
spreading a message
of survival

but some
will return
to the beaches
look to the horizon
smell the salty air
and wonder
if they are not
missing
some grand
adventure

once
you have been
lost at sea
the crash
of the waves
forever calls

it is
simply
a question
of whether
or not
you listen