"Stranded" by Luna Patience '20

April 15, 2019 by Guest Student Author

In my head

I am lost at sea

And the frothing waves cradle me

In a soft, frigid embrace,

And gently I am rocked

Upon the swells,

Eyes closed and hands open,

Amid the storming, lightning silence.

In my head

I am lost at sea

As the dawn dyes the cresting water in dripping gold,

And I rest in silent awe,

Of the sleepy sun,

And her gentle caress.

In my head

I am lost at sea,

And the rain spikes in harsh bullets

Against the frothing water,

And runs across my face,

To meet and mix with fresh tears,

And there is lightning amid this darkness,

A horizon brimming with electricity,

Harsh and fiery,

The splitting of the world in a heartbeat

And a half,

And the darkness is heavy with humming, angry

Anticipation.

In my head

I am lost at sea,

And it is a sea of stars,

A swirling galaxy beneath my fingertips,

Pinpoints of light catching on my hands,

And lifting from the water until all my skin

Is awash in a hundred pieces of light.

In my head

I am lost at sea,

And it is a sea of champagne,

Bubbling and gold,

A reflection of the dripping sunlight

That flows into my lungs

In place of oxygen,

That smells of orange peels and lazy,

Sunday afternoons,

Amid the soft haze

Between sleeping

And waking,

Between thinking

And dreaming.

Written by Guest Student Author

Periodically students volunteer or are asked to write for the Stoneleigh-Burnham blog.

Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month, Student work, Student Writing, Poetry Festival