Ah Ben, I love how much your poems make me think!
There are so many possible interpretations of this, but I'm going to plump for ...
... a man trying to hold on to sobriety ... tempted though he is to allow himself to get swept along by the storm of his addiction and right out into the ocean of resignation of that, he wants desperately to cling to the safe shores of sobriety, feeble though his resolve is ...
Addiction comes in so many ways such as drugs. alcohol prescribed meds as well as over counter. It happens so fast before we realize that there is a problem. I smoked for 40 years and I have not touched another cigarette on 8 months. I miss it but I will not give in and that is the key. Lots of chewing gum. Thanks for sharing and glad it was nominated. All the best
Ben, although a bit disconcerting of the subject I love the write. I hope this isn't literal? Never forget, there's a lot of life rafts about at the ready if you need one. If you need to vent or whatever, I'm here-hugs my friend-
The only thought I had when reading this is I disagree with what doesn't kill us makes us stronger because sometimes said things turn us into weak beings that are seemingly afraid to even step foot outside thus would rather be dead maybe I'm just having a. Real pessimistic day so I apologise.. Fantastic rhyming and piece as ever
Life is full of light and dark. Things never sit still and when we go through dark places where we feel we are drowning then addiction can raise a deceiving hand. It offers escape but instead magnifies the pain and makes everything so much less bearable.
There is as Brenda said many lifeboats here for you if you ever need them and many souls around you sending you love and warmth.
Your poetry says so much and is a beautiful thing.