Loneliness is
a city scorched
by a giant lizard
that crawled from the sea.

At night,
while stars hang
like the lights of lanternfish,
my fear is a kraken

Tentacles of worry
grip my submarine heart

pulling me down
to the abyss

Where what-ifs are bones
that line the seafloor

and memory is
a shipwreck of sorrow.

In the darkness, I launch
a solo expedition
to salvage fragments
from the remains.