masses: the last swim

painting by marlene vine (marlenevine.com), poem by roy herndon smith

the last swim (1214)

floating in the red
of the setting sun, the waves
lapping over him

forgetting the shore
the wading out, the bottom
that was no longer

the reason he, in
a last moment of knowing
followed all he loved

into light falling
into darkness, memory
into nothingness