I Am An Ocean

There is a thing
about legs.
And, standing your ground, on two feet,
no matter the conditions.

My legs turned into trees,
cut down,
made into lumber,
or paper,
really. They didn’t (or, couldn’t)
work the way they used to.

I had to stop using them
to remember
that they aren’t everything.
They are legs.
I can stand with them, and I can stand
without them.
Which way would I like to stand?
Is the question.

There were stories buried in my hips, locked away
in my pelvis. When I was a girl and was afraid
of falling apart or being seen or being pulled down and broken up
again.
My hips bore my babies, carried me through, surviving storms
and sorrow.
When I did not know how to stand, my hips moved me.
When I could not walk, my legs carried me
for a long time. Until, it was too long
and too much.

Too much, or not enough-the titles to the stories
inside. If it’s too much, it must
shrink.
If it’s not enough, it must
strive.
In the middle, in my pelvis, the truth
was always there-I am neither
too much, or
not enough.

I am beloved.
Perhaps, mighty, and sometimes
very small. I can tower above
a mountain. I can drop like concrete to the
ocean floor.
I can curl into a chrysallis, or explode,
like some brave, new beginning.

Every detail, or complication
is a river that runs through me,
flowing into this body,
this ocean,
this enormous, waving me.

And, I am water, but I am earth,
because I fill and feed the roots that spread out
underneath me. The ground
is there, or it isn’t, but I flow on.

I have walked when I could not stand,
I have stood when I could not walk.
I have fallen, I have risen, I have waited,
I have wanted.

I move like water.

I am water.

I am an ocean,
after all.

Mira.

-Mira Roberts

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2 Comments

  1. LEE

    CHILLS!!!

  2. Jacki

    Whoa!!!! I love it! I could feel movement in your poem, I could feel it’s a part of me….you have a beautiful mind and a pen as mighty as a sword. You rock! I’m glad and honored to be a friend.

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