by Natalie
2nd Place Winner 2005 Poetry Slam

I feel the pain within you
It flows from you like a dark current
A river that you’re drowning in

How I want to save you
To drag you from the waters of life
And hold you and understand you

You hold everything inside
Like a bottle of wine aging with pain
Each day building

To drink from this wine
Would bring me to tears
Then I would know you

But afraid you hoard it
Keep it from me
Try to protect me from yourself

The bottle doesn’t matter to me
Only its contents overflowing
Let me become drunk of you