Photo Challenge #120 – Ever Vigilant


Image: Alessio Albi

You never liked the notion of

Head above water….

You feared the notion

Give a person enough rope…

And yet you never deserted

You never gave up,

Though some days you stepped way back.

I thought of us as safe

In control, aware

But the bottom fell out

Our confidence tested


Not understood

We stumbled and fell….

The water lapped around us

Threatened to drown us

But we are our own security

Seeing in each other

A strength

No one can impinge on.

So we stopped,

Treaded water

Awaited a turn in the tide

Swam forward

Found calmer waters.

Ever vigilant

We look towards the distant light

Praying we get there

Before nature intervenes.


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21 Responses to Photo Challenge #120 – Ever Vigilant

  1. Lyn says:

    I kinda feel like that everyday sometimes. But head above water is fine…just so long as you’re not going down for the third time 🙂

  2. Shadeau says:

    Oh my, that’s good.

  3. kim881 says:

    Treading water, trying not to let go and drown. must be one of the most terrifying feelings. I have felt like that often. Your poem expresses it so well, Michael.

  4. Having almost physically drowned once, and emotionally and mentally drowning all the time, I really felt this poem — a visceral description of not finding bottom to push off from (almost drowning in a tidal river as a child) and trying to keep “afloat,” long enough to reach solid ground again (me as an adult with mental illness.)
    We look towards the distant light/Praying we get there/Before nature intervenes.
    I have ever confidence that you will both get there together.

  5. wildchild47 says:

    There is hope that waves and bobs through this piece, which is a good thing. Sometimes it’s really so damn hard to know, really know, that things will be okay. And sometimes, all that there is for it, is to hang tough and tread water – hopefully without getting too tired or worn down. Lovely, reflective piece Michael 🙂

  6. luckyjc007 says:

    Great poem reflecting the ups and downs and struggles to keep looking up to get through life.

  7. Tammi Kale says:

    Wow ==== awesome!

  8. Really like this one, Michael…dark but with a bit of hope.

  9. mandibelle16 says:

    Beautiful Michael. I love how they are their own stability and find waters where they both can support each other and be together. Great metaphor.

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