The tide rose unnoticed
and those whose lives unfolded in years
saw only the setting sun of days
and the brilliant glow of summer mornings
the birds and flowers and happy barking dogs
made it easy to ignore the leaking truth
and bask in today only
noticing not
the ever shrinking space
the air that could not be swallowed easily
and the dampness at the door.

They forged ahead
on waterlogged feet
always meaning to buy a boat
and scuba gear
learning too late
a self contained underwater breathing apparatus
Would not keep them alive
Would not keep them from losing their home.



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