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    woman floating in water

    Trish Chester: Undercurrent

    The author talks about the tide turning in a once loving relationship - things begin to turn sour but the author finds her inner strength to stand up to the waves crashing around her.

    It seemed calm enough to begin with –
    No obviously strong waves,
    Or hints of hidden swells.
    Able to stay afloat and safe,
    I immersed myself in its comforting embrace.

    As time went on, breezes appeared,
    Each gust creating tiny ripples
    Disturbing the established equilibrium.
    Initial confusion turned to anxiety as
    The ocean subtly began to dictate my experience

    Then the winds changed dramatically.
    Immense strength and ferocity, interrupted
    By unnerving stillness and absence,
    Creating inner tension and self-doubt.
    Yet I kept swimming, often against the tide

    Until one day, the water retreated completely
    Becoming unreachable and distant.
    Stranded on dry land, I watched and waited,
    Praying for it to return, to turn back time
    And safely envelop me again.

    I was a fool
    Hidden from view
    The water gathered violent, malicious
    Strength and momentum
    Never once intended to protect or reassure

    The huge wave of venom paused –
    Before towering into the ozone
    Then raced and raged forcefully towards me
    Transfixed and numb
    I watched as it intentionally
    Aimed for my soul

    Suddenly a lifeline
    Not in any recognizable form
    But within me
    Inner strength, stubbornness and determination merged
    To shield me from destruction

    I stood tall and firm
    I built an effective barrier
    I witnessed the wave’s recognition
    Of MY power

    I left the water dripping uselessly
    Temporarily weakened by its new
    And unanticipated

    And I survived

    I survived

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