i felt the ocean breeze biting harshly against my face
tracing the deeply plowed lines
where tears flooded memories
of places i had seen while doing people wrong

like open wounds
the scars of yesterday were tender
yet carved into the gentle places of my heart
as i wept,
drowning in sorrow of an intractable past

I had lived as a philosopher,
a judge, a poet, a liar
floating in caverns of fluffed cotton candy
swimming in molasses rapids,
bumping against golden nuggets
my mind took me to places never found on any map

the cool slap of salty ocean spray
became my link to life
as I drank it in with renewed passion
thirsty
while holding a cup
empty of all but memories long forgotten