drowning in love

i wake up with a gasp,
drowning drowning drowning
my breaths
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3

it is enough
to just feel your hands
in mine.

help, help, someone save me,
water pressing down,
breaths gone, gone, gone,

your slow breaths,
your arms around my shoulders,
your hair tickling my face.

someone is dragging me up,
my hands are cold,
body shaking,

i lay my head back down,
the dark of night
unable to drown out
the bright glow of love,

my head reaches the surface,
my lungs – my chest – heave
air, air, air,
your face above mine,
handsome and worried

our fingers intertwined,
our hearts forever interlocked.

i go back to sleep.

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