Starfish

You found me playing in the warm shallows, intrigued by my strange beauty, you plucked me from my peaceful shores.

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In your hands, I could not breathe. I tried to break free, but thinking you knew me better than I knew myself and what was best for me, you would not let go, and took me far away from the sea that was so much a part of me, to your home upon the land instead…

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If only you knew the magic of the Deep, and were not afraid to leave the safety of the shore!

For there is so much more far beyond the horizon than your eyes can see. Maybe then, there would have been a shared life of adventure for you and I.

For some can only walk upon land and some have wings to take to the skies and fly.

And some, like me, can enjoy the gentle kiss of the Sun, caresses of the breeze whilst we rest awhile upon a sandy shore. But for us to live and breathe, we have to slip away from the shallows and gently drift back home to the comfort of the endless mysteries found in the seven Seas.

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How I wish you had walked on by on that sun kissed day and left me on the beach!

I shall surely die in the Winter of your cold and captive hands.

For now I know you are unwilling to set me free as you are unable to swim with me.

I shall never truly know what it is like to be who I was meant to be…

A Starfish swimming in the deep blue sea.

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Eily Nash ~2021