A Thought I Had While Swimming in Kimbe Bay

what use is the proper 
use of human beings

to chase after each other
like children after dragonflies 

to devote ourselves to each other
like wooden idols on a totem pole

to unlock each other’s mysteries
like keys forged in a closed foundry

to be extreme with each other
like we see on television

to be tornadoes in each other’s way
like those who chase the tail of disaster

or is it to swim with each other, as if
we are eels bobbing in the reefs?

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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