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..with my eyes intact.

by Johnny Crimson

We quiver in the deep end
staring miles into eachother's eyes,
waiting for the signal
to commit our sins.

The boiling water shakes in slow-motion
as the mist rises above our heads,
taking the moisture from our bodies,
and carrying it away for the gods.

The pool light was gleaming beneath the waves
and I couldn't separate shadow from skin.
Penetrating, the chlorine stung my eyes
like punishment for prying.

The wink came sudden and unexpected
as I paddled toward her with the hopeful release of tension.
She moved away and swam past me and
I realized the wink had been misinterpreted.

I slowly turned around
only to see them together.
Sinking fast in a cloud of bubbles,
I hoped to never again break the surface of this water...


Posted on 08/20/2012
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