On the Tide

arduous journeys
traveling tributaries
feeding rivers of indifference

I negotiate surging flows
slipping into familiar channels
bringing me ever closer home

my heart is yours
I long to hold you fast
nestling into your arms’ comfort

loop current tugs at the helm
I am pulled into eddies
plunged into conflicted waters

I turn against current
bringing myself back
on that familiar path to you

for it is the course I chart
each day, with you in mind
through fair weather and storm

bring me home to you again
where we share love and life
cruising on even tide

Mark Russillo