Splashed awake in the shallow boardwalk water. This edge of the ocean that halts to a stop at a man-made border. I’m with the other-worldly but less-distant part of me shaped as a large fish with a gaping mouth and i’m flapping just out of the water. I’m holding it like a baby, or a briefcase in a tornado. Really clutching it and trying to protect it. I feel like i’m hiding - but free in split seconds, almost simultaneously. I feel you in my arms, and then you are gone, and i’m half hidden under the wood slats of the boardwalk.
My arms become empty - my knees to my chest replace this fish. And I peer up half