An understanding

That you jumped off the cliff,

And into the sea

Was no surprise.

.

As a child you had laughed,

At eddies and ripcords

And a million glimmering droplets.

.

You had peered,

Stood eyes wide open till

they cried of their own accord.

.

Stood Alone,

In pools of rocks

And waves and salt.

.

Played there with dreams

As real as the sea

And the sand

.

That you jumped off the cliff

And into the sea

Was no surprise

.

As an adult it became

Less about the sea

And more about the land.

.

I would watch you stare,

Mutter nonsense words

Into pools of mud and silt

.

Watched you,

As you watched salt and sea

and dirt and sand .

.

That you jumped off the cliff

And into the sea

Was no surprise.

.

No surprise,

But it hurt just the same .

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