When the ocean took my fortune,
I dove straight beneath the waves.
I followed each and every shimmer.
I floated on under-water rivers,
until I found a pearl tangled in the seaweed.
I remembered it was lost
by the woman who wore it
as a promise;
Kept secret in her other life,
but cherished none the less.
I held it in my palm
and felt it read my fortune,
telling me my future was not
the grand story fate once offered.
I set it in my breast pocket.
I swam up to the graying daylight—
and there I treaded water
for the rest of my life.