At 20 I was reckless,
I waded into waters
with careless concern
for direction.
At 40 I had grown
to understand grounding;
it was not the water
that rushed through me
but the bed my body
rested on. I stand again
over the waters,
rushing always onwards,
but have found my place
in a bed that reassures me
I am no longer a victim
to the whisper of regret.

All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

Inspired by a Twitter poetry prompt form #WrittenRiver

8 thoughts on “THE RETURN TO THE WATER

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thank you! How funny you should comment right now as I have just moved a suitcase full of books to the new place and just popped ‘Abomination’ to the front of the pile to read once I’m settled!!!! I buy too many books all at once, now no more buying till these treasures calling for my attention have been read!!! πŸ€—πŸ€—

      1. Jane Dougherty

        I’m flattered! I hope you like the characters. It was written as a kids’ book and I think a lot of (adult) readers were expecting a rather predictable relationship and didn’t like that it wasn’t sweetness and light all the time. Am I just an old cynic, or are relationships never 100% rosy?

      2. Jane Dougherty

        That’s rather how I feel πŸ™‚ There’s nothing more boring than eternally looking into melting eyes and whispering sweet nothings. A bit of rowing, door-slamming, swearing, etc etc is good for the soul.

    1. deuxiemepeau

      I am off to check that out- as soon as I escape this metro! Mini move no. 3 today on the metro while I clean and plan out new place! Metros and movings and meltings! πŸ€—

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