Riptide

Riptide

Swimming in your troubled waters
I am caught in a riptide
which pulls me from the safety of the shore
Struggling in its undertow and 
unable to hold on to you any longer
I feel you slipping through my arms
as I am carried away from you
and your tempestuous sea of anger
Not knowing where I will be taken
I am scared, my arms flailing to stay afloat
My heart yearns for an emotional life raft
to cling to before surrendering to the currents
I pray for peace wherever the tide takes me


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  23 comments for “Riptide

  1. September 19, 2021 at 11:15 am

    A riptide is a great metaphor for someone abusive… once caught it’s hard but so important to get out its grasp

    • Christine Bolton
      September 19, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you. Yes indeed ☺️

  2. September 19, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Oh wow, I love the imagery here. Great poem!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 19, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate it ☺️💕

  3. September 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Beautifully expressed, Christine! ❤️😊

    • Christine Bolton
      September 18, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Punam ☺️💕

      • September 20, 2021 at 10:49 am

        My pleasure. 💞

  4. sanaarizvi
    September 18, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Let us embark upon those tides with never-ending courage and strength!! 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      September 18, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Thank you Sanaa. Yes a leap into the unknown 💕☺️

  5. September 17, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Though it may feel frightening, such tides can be a blessing in disguise! So beautifully put, Christine ❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      September 17, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much Ingrid. Yes, you may be right! ☺️💕

  6. September 17, 2021 at 9:18 am

    That is one amazing picture showing the dangers of undercurrents. Great poem Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 17, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      Thank so much Di ☺️💕 Riptides are scary.

      • September 17, 2021 at 3:48 pm

        You’re welcome

  7. scotthastiepoet
    September 17, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Nice metaphor for so many experiences in the journey of life, Christine – very nicely done…

    • Christine Bolton
      September 17, 2021 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Scott. As always, I appreciate it ☺️💕

  8. September 17, 2021 at 4:31 am

    Riptides are frightening and to feel vulnerable to such anger is darkly upsetting. A potent metaphor. Dunno if it helps but ’tis said that people drown in riptides when they fight it; swimming across it one eventually gets outside its danger.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 17, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Hi Brendan, thanks for reading! ☺️ Yes in fact trying to swim against it will cost you your life. You are supposed to swim it in the direction it is taking you, usually along the coast line, and you will eventually get to a break. The photo shows this.

  9. September 17, 2021 at 3:57 am

    I feel you slipping through my arms
    as I am carried away from you
    and your tempestuous sea of anger

    Love the reality of life’s situation depicted in your poem, Christine! One is always at the mercy of forces or emotions pulling one away from a comfort zone.

    Hank

    • Christine Bolton
      September 17, 2021 at 8:33 am

      Thank you Hank! I always appreciate your comments ☺️💕

  10. September 16, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    A lovely, moving poem Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      September 17, 2021 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Sadje ☺️💕

      • September 17, 2021 at 9:21 am

        You’re welcome

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