LeeAnn Heringer

lost at sea

          i'll never forget that moment.  that ice stiff second.
          when i looked up from my frantic bailing
          in the bow of the life raft
          to empty the water from my pockets.
          and in the severed spotlight of the moon,
          saw the wave poised above me
          and realized you were gone.

          that maybe you were never there.
          that in an alternate dimension
          i was an old lady living in a shack with 60 cats
          and you, my imaginary friend, was my last thought
          before the wave crashed and dragged me under.
          and only the splinters of our lifeboat raced on.