Cruisin' Together

Holly Kempe

Sunshine Coast, Australia

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She calls to me from beyond
out at the edge of the reef
I can not join her there
or at least this is my belief

I would walk out at low tide
and stand on the edge
I would talk to her there
as the water lapped at the edge

As it rose higher
I would retreat to the shore
and there she was just beyond
calling to me once more…

Then one day I was late
and I rushed out to the reef
she was not waiting for me
and I cried out my grief…

I thought I had lost her
and the fault was all mine
I dived over the edge
to forever end my lonely time…

But as I touched the crystal surface
I became what I longed to be
my body shimmered and changed
and I became a dolphin of the sea

And out in the distance I saw her
Waiting beyond the reef
and I finally joined the one I loved
and left behind my life of grief.

~Stacy Quackenbush

The original photo I took while out in our boat off Dunk Island, Queensland. We had about twenty of these dolphins quietly swimming around us feeding on hundreds of bait fish.

Cruisin’ Together
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by Holly Kempe ©

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