I'm not sure
if you were afraid of water,
if you didn't know to swim,
because I am an ocean
I will envelop you in kindness, and fire, and laughter
And you will tread in my voids
you will try your hardest to float
you will be stealthy and meet me with respect and compassion
because one wrong move
and there is salt in your lungs.
and you cough
and leave the ocean
and retreat from the golden sand
and break promises
there is salt in your lungs, darling.