How often I threw myself in tears
On the breast of the Chesapeake bay,
Exchanging my saltwater for fresh
The ever impassioned castaway
But the tide always brought me home again
Even when I had other designs,
Those waters washed me clean again
Time after time after time.
I never showed that side to you;
We always bowed to the other.
You recognized the weak in me:
The perfect mate and mother.
You quoted Kinder, Küche, Kirche,
As you prepared to take my life,
But my docility stood a constructed facade
As I refused to be your wife.
But you came by your oppression honestly
So I never wished you harm.
There was, underneath your tyranny,
Rays of childlike charm.
In what you loved, you showed delight
With a smile spread ear to ear,
And I mostly enjoyed our merry dance
Until you pulled too near.
Alone, I must have found you,
And alone is ever excising
But I’ve heard of all your accomplishments;
Your star seemed ever rising.
You loved our virgin state
For the dignity of her past,
And the grandeur of her beauty.
You were ever holding fast.
You’ve thrown yourself off a bridge,
Dying as every falling star.
I cannot stand in judgment,
Remembering where my own bridges are
And knowing what it takes to stand
On the edge of all you’ve ever known
The courage it takes to make goodbyes
And courage, you’ve always shown.
I will not ask you why, or say you are laid waste,
But I will honor you, old friend.
I only wish you had come home
To make your final end
Where the water flows in kindness,
And may have cradled you to her breast
To lift your head, to wash you clean,
To bring you home to rest.