by Darren White
I am afloat and see no land;
I’m thrown and pulled in silence
The only sound my grappling hand
in a tinted glass of violence.
No fish, no coast, no one is there
alone in icy stillness.
I look around in mute despair
through pitch black oily darkness.
I, naked fish in water still,
a helpless struggling creature.
I drown and sink, am only filled
with neither past nor future.
A tiny fleck in waters vast,
to disappear completely
in vortex swirling far too fast
“Darren White is a poet most concerned with (sexual) abuse and sex-trafficking of boys. Much of his writing focuses on this terrible problem and his strongest desire is that these boys realize there can be a different future for them out there.”