To K. C. as I float in the ocean
I am no solitary soul
But I am awake now.
I’ve read your words over
And over, they sing to me
As the prickling chill of summer
Slurping away sunscreen from my chest.
I am no solitary soul but I’ll never
not know what I know now
Free to stretch my limbs outward and
Take flight from the horizon with the gulls
Forgive me, for resenting my newfound
Agility, for with great reason comes