When You Go Dark: A Poem

When you go dark

I wonder

If you are the tumbling

Feet over hands

In salt and foam.

Before crashing hard

On the rocks.


When the silent black is your friend

Perhaps you grab your board

Leap and paddle

To a

Wave bending over itself

Creating a wall of crystalline water

For you alone.


In the noiseless night

Of hushed phones

And shadowy text screens

I imagine

You riding the crest

On a blind


Wind whipping your cheeks

As you lean toward the face

And fall into the inky blue.


When you go dark

Behind a wall of isolation

Others are left

In your shadow.

(Photo by David Stroup)

A teacher, Laurie Woodward is the author of  several novels including Forest Secrets, and the fantasy series The Artania ChroniclesShe also cowrote Dean and JoJoThe Dolphin Legacy and was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet,  and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes her novels on the Central Coast of California.

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