NOW SHE understands

that the rolling

of the tides brings

both misery and optimism.

For when she saw them

take you away,

she sought,

without thinking,

to follow after.

And so she braced the tides—

struggled, straggled,

fought off each wave.

But they told her “No,

not you. Not yet,”

and returned her upon the shores.

And as the tides took you away,

she hoped

they would return you

just as they had returned her

or perhaps

they would take her to new shores

you would land upon.

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