Ariel in Men’s Pajamas – A Poem by Rowe Williams

A sleepless man rises 
from a bed
to wonder at his wakefulness.

Waves beat against
the inside of his skull
eroding him.

He stood, once,
a beach before
the ocean.

But as the carbon dioxide
has left his lungs
the oceans rise.

Now he is both
ocean and shore,
bound and boundary.

Now he longs
to jump in the sea
and be washed away.

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