First You Must Float

Sometimes,
when we're

    d
r
o
           w
    n
     i
   n
      g

in sorrows
of the past,
choking
on regrets,
fighting
for every breath,
we forget
to stop struggling.

The tears
too many,
the dread
too deep,

I need you
to know something:
it is not
the ocean of
sadness
but the
panic and fear
of sinking,
that will drag
you under.

Hysterics
won't help
so please, please
stop your kicking
and screaming.

Be slower,
take longer
more meaningful
breaths.

Trust in buoyancy,

j u s t     f l o a t     a   w   h   i   l   e

Calm your thoughts,
slow the turbulence
and give yourself
time to
rest.

F L O A T
and recover.

Believe that the tide
will bring you back

or take you closer
to the other side.

Whichever it is,

as you feel the worries
of all your yesterday's
ebb and wash away,

you will find the energy
to swim ashore,

and you
yes - you,

You will be stronger,
bolder, braver
than ever before.

- from one survivor to another.

5 thoughts on “First You Must Float

  1. it is not
    the ocean of
    sadness
    but the
    panic and fear
    of sinking

    Well said! And the use of typeface visually really works here. I love this poem! I’m actually going to print it out to save it for rereading. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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