Message in a Bottle

This is one of those poems
that should never be released
into the small world
until it becomes large enough
to have made a comfortable place
for the people who live quietly
in the anchored silence
of propriety and decorum—
who will never admit how easily
the mind drifts into other waters
surrounding other continents.
And the bottle of red wine
at the holiday party is as close
as some people will get
to navigating certain shores
in search of what they hope
is a mayday or the faintest SOS.


DeMaris Gaunt

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