19 November 2017

A Song After Loneliness

Dolphin Vector Graphic.svg

As drowning began
she instinctively called "Help!"
Dolphins responded.

They swam parallel
to her intention until
her breathing matched theirs.

And there were people,
too, rafts answering the call
unseen, sensors reaching

To restore her breath,
To help her float, until her
breast stroke took over

And she was safe in
the bigger, balanced and good
consciousness.  Again.

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© 2017 Susan L. Chast


Sherry Marr said...

Thank heaven for dolphin companions....this reminds me of someone I know who was kayaking, and lost in a thick fog, so she couldnt find the cove where her floathouse was, there was zero visibility. She had lived among the whales for 40 years and suddenly a pod of orcas surrounded her boat and guided her home to her cove, then vanished back into the mist. So lovely.

Mary said...

I first feel the helplessness and then the relief. I do think you have expressed the idea in a very unique way!

brudberg said...

I really love how you tied this to the title... loneliness is much like drowning.

Truedessa said...

I am glad her call for help was heard and she found balance once again.

Old Egg said...

I have heard of dolphins assisting swimmers in trouble and this poem certainly gives them credit for those acts of kindness. They are mammals and probably think very much the way we do!

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

This is just incredible....there are times I feel like calling for help....it is wonderful to know there are so many out there who would hear me and answer the call.....the metaphors in the poem sing to me.....so welll done.

Wendy Bourke said...

Beautiful writing! This has a lovely feeling of delicate breaths to it ... a fragility (that, I suppose is always there is life, but particularly when life is in peril) ... and I found that captivating.

R.K. Garon said...

Very interesting as well as a good read.

colleen Looseleafnotes said...

This makes me feel so much better!

Sumana Roy said...

Savior in His dolphin form first!..

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Gorgeous use of metaphors in this poem, Susan!💘 I love how you tie the title into this incredibly powerful poem! Kudos!💘

rallentanda said...

This is a poem of hope presumably based on your personal experience.I don't think help is always available to everyone.I'll go to my grave never knowing how it actually works i.e. how some are and some are not.
Whether it is just luck or if there are other factors involved. They say the Cosmos is a mystery.For me human behaviour is an equal mystery.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

The beauty of dolphins and their calming effect - oh that we were as peaceful as they.
Anna :o]

Gillena Cox said...

luv the appearance of those dolphins; live answered prayers

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