The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Anastasia Walker: 1 Poem Published

 

THE GIRL IN THE LIFEBOAT WILL TELL YOU

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

How she longs to be rescued

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

Of a voyage across an ocean

To a world where her life might begin

So many years ago

She’ll describe the assumed identity

She cast into the sea

When the lookout cried Land ho!

And the ensuing hours of bliss

And the tempest that blew them off course

And the ledge that nobody spied

And the shouts of the crew as they drowned

And the lifeboat she woke up and found

Herself in, alone and dreaming

Of the day when she would be rescued

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

How long she has prayed to be rescued

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

What she dreams of as she lies

On her back on the bottom’s wet planks

What each passing cloud signifies

As it blows across the horizon

She will tell you there’s no one else like her

And of all the wonderful things

She will do after she’s rescued

She will tell you she will

Be a singer, a dancer, a poet

A star shining bright in the firmament

After she’s rescued

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

How she dreams of being rescued

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

All the things she must do to be rescued

The flesh she must put off

The face she must put on

The fortune she must possess

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

Of the things that will bring her success

Or meaning at least: to love

The image she sees in the water

To be held at night as the boat drifts

And pledged unconditional love

Or fealty – the success

Awaiting her after she’s rescued

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

How desperate she is to be rescued

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

How nobody suffers like she does

How the storms are overwhelming

And the scars from the shipwreck aren’t healing

And the loneliness at night is crippling

She will speak of the times she has cried out

To the sea birds that soar overhead

And the fish that flash in the waves

She will tell you how hard she has cried

How hard she has tried to be rescued

The girl in the lifeboat won’t tell you

About the sail furled under the aft seat

That she says she hasn’t seen yet

 

The girl in the lifeboat will tell you

How she’s dying to be rescued

 

 

 

Poem by Anastasia Walker (USA)

Published in Issue 37 of The Ofi Press.

 

About the Poet

Anastasia Walker is a transgender writer and scholar.  Her work was recently published in Wilde Magazine; her previous publications – some poetry and several scholarly pieces – appeared under her given (male) name.  She is currently also revising a memoir about a year she spent living in eastern Maine with her parents after separating from her second wife and losing her teaching position at the start of the recent global economic nosedive, during which time she watched her father almost die from a heart attack and finally began to embrace the prospect of transitioning.  She lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she is daily engaging in the richest, most challenging inquiry into living that she has pursued in her five decades.

Image: "Lifeboat" by Tony Fischer.