Grace Cooper

In A Pickle

I awaken
In this water, as sweet as
A fond hello
But sour, like there is malice
Behind the greeting

I think Iíve been here for a while
There are others
They seem to be idle, with blank expressions
That could mean anything

Maybe I appear to them,
As they do to me.
Maybe theyíre seeking
The light that has been blocked
For so long.
Maybe they donít know how long
Theyíve been here, like lonely, sad
Maybe theyíre seeking to be lifted
From this suspended animation.

Suddenly there is light
Blinding me, for just an instant
I feel arms around me.
Iím being Lifted.

I look back at the others, behind me now
And I suddenly see.
Now I understand
If only I could let them know!
Such a pity.

If only
We hadnít been born,
As pickles


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