I see you here
in sand and sea...
soft grains, as warm as July's honey,
shifting under my feet
while you sway to the pull
of the earth.
You envelope me
like a newborn's swaddling blanket,
gently holding me together
while I break apart.
I fall into the blue -
    your eyes, the waves, a razor thin horizon -
and am stilled
by the power
of your presence.
It is forever yet it's only an instant
before I'm watching you
walk the shoreline,
steady and strong in the surf.
My tears hide
beneath a smile
as I count the blues
in the water.

- ljh 9/1/16