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Drowning Above Water


Turbulent waters soothe the gypsy, calming and evoking blue myth mystery. The maudlin, tumultuous sea, her wishing wells of fragile glass trinkets, forgotten treasure, and pools of sunken love, long discarded. The ocean and her black ink mystery whisper in tongue, tales only I can decipher. The beach house perched precariously on a bluff, is blurred and out of focus. Drifting farther and farther from reach, I am flailing and kicking. I scream sea bubbles trying desperately not to be pulled under. My weary eyes close, muscles go limp, as I surrender to the serene beauty. I am weightless. Drowning, I am finally free to listen to the sounds of quiet. Chimes dance and sway in the wind, calling me home. I know this place; I have been here before. She beckons. I am not unready, the flesh is not willing. I know I cannot stay here in the darkest, sublime solitude corners of the mind. With sea legs unsteady, I kick hard, resolute. I must embrace the riptides of imagination inside the forbidden, profound Mariana Trench depths of the mind I cannot fully comprehend. The sea is bound blue, white and grey urchin green, hauntingly transparent, and overly persistent.

I must stay, here, for now. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Drowning above water.





  1. Your writing takes my breath away, Jackie. This is so intense and beautiful.

    • jackiecioffa jackiecioffa

      Thank you, Mary for your forever support. It means so much, fellow writer and friend.

    • jackiecioffa jackiecioffa

      Hello Lisa, thank you so much for the kind words. I’m happy you enjoyed the piece.

  2. Saw your tweet and checked it out. Boy am I glad I did. That is some seriously awesome writing! The picture ireally depicts the words too. Nice job.

    • jackiecioffa jackiecioffa

      Hi, Barb I’m so glad you stopped by. Thank you for the wonderful comment, so happy you like the image as well. I really love it, too. I look forward to checking out your blog!

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