“I used to love the ocean.
Everything about her.
Her coral reefs, her white caps, her roaring waves, the rocks they lap, her pirate legends and mermaid tails, Treasures lost and treasures held…
And ALL
Of her fish
In the sea.
Yes, I used to love the ocean,
Everything about her.
The way she would sing me to sleep as I lay in my bed
then wake me with a force
That I soon came to dread.
Her fables, her lies, her misleading eyes,
I’d drain her dry
If I cared enough to.
I used to love the ocean,
Everything about her.
Her coral reefs, her white caps, her roaring waves, the rocks they lap, her pirate legends and mermaid tails, treasures lost and treasures held.
And ALL
Of her fish
In the sea.
Well, if you’ve ever tried navigating your sailboat
through her stormy seas, you would realize that her white caps are your enemies. If you’ve ever tried swimming ashore when your leg gets a cramp and you just had a huge meal of In-n-Out burgers that’s weighing you down, and her roaring waves are knocking the wind out of you, filling your lungs with water as you flail your arms,
trying to get someone’s attention,
but your friends
just
wave
back at you?
And if you’ve ever grown up with dreams in your head about life, and how one of these days you would pirate your own ship and have your own crew and that all
of the mermaids
would love
only
you?
Well, you would realize…
Like I eventually realized…
That all the good things about her?
All the beautiful?
It’s not real.
It’s fake.
So you keep your ocean,
I’ll take the Lake.”

— Slammed