The following is an emulation of Anne Sexton’s poem The Room of My Life. For those who haven’t read the poem, I highly recommend it.
in the storm of my life
the world has been swallowed by a hurricane.
Gulls cry out.
Animalistic kinship draws dolphins and whales to breach waves,
whose crest is a kiss between water and sky.
Each time they touch a void of chaos lingers as aftertaste.
The salt spray: a means to rub dead skin from body.
The wind: a hand extended to sunken locker.
The water: waiting to gulp down a soup of ships and sailors.
Captain and crew, exhausted in an attempt to stay afloat.
The searchlight on shore: a blazing torch to call all home.
The doors of Heaven and Hell are blown wide open
until they catch in the crossfire and slam shut,
birthing the Void
that resides upon Earth
and within me.
I feed the rise and fall of waves,
offering up to stormclouds the feast that is my mind.
The lightning is the jolt of my heartbeat and thunder is my soul
crashing on and on in my chest.