“Redemption in the Water” by Hannah Faulkner.

drown in egoism.

how we forget – don’t.

for flicker- shift

this shell ashore,

revive the rolling

carcass and dissect,

drag that black heart

with the colour waves,

bleaching comatose

vanity that presses

with weight of our bodies-

we sunk like sinking

stripping skin for river,

it rowed,

it rowed,

wrapped with those oars

wallow, watch, wallow,

now wait.

how the tide turns fast

the shores threadbare,

smaller and larger

with cavorting drift,

it pulls us in.

some of us- don’t forget

as we drown- flicker shift,

flicker shift.

floats of bodies

glow through thin chalk board,

the light planked ladder

elevates the limbs sprawl

in elegance.


so majestic

in this empathetic


dead yet so alive.

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  6 comments for ““Redemption in the Water” by Hannah Faulkner.

  1. May 21, 2020 at 7:20 am

    A lot of alliteration, beautiful and clever.

  2. May 21, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Thank you!

  3. May 21, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Great post lucy! Loved it

    • May 21, 2020 at 8:04 am

      All credit goes to Hannah Faulkner, friend. 🙂

      It is an excellent poem.

  4. May 25, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    An excellent nitrous oxide of alliteration

    • May 27, 2020 at 5:58 am

      Thank you, the alliteration was deliberate, it was intended to mimic the repetitiveness of sea waves rolling in and out.

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