“A man takes his sadness down to the river and throws it in the river but then he’s still left with the river. A man takes his sadness and throws it away but then he’s still left with his hands.” ~ Richard Siken, Boot Theory
I took my sadness down to the river
– no not a river, a lake
– no not a lake, an ocean.
I took my sadness down to the ocean
in a black trash bag,
I heaved my sadness over my shoulder,
– no not my shoulder, my everything.
I left my sadness sitting there on the beach
and took to the water myself.