Ebb Tide

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“Beach at ebb tide” by Sten Porse via wikimedia

“Ebb Tide” by Sharon Rauenzahn

From half across the world, I hear your name.
I do not shiver now, though once I did.
The others seek to tease me, to extort
a blushing laugh, to find what I have hid.
But I hide nothing, now, except the fear
that where I held your name is now a hole
which none but you could ever help me fill;
I know that you have no such meager goal.
And so I smile, and let them keep their play,
and hear your name, like water, ebb away.

December 27, 1990

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