Shallow Waters Are Not Safe

by Angela Hoffman

The greatest danger is to remain at the surface 
believing no harm is done there, that you are safe. 
This place breeds untruth, disguises desire and pain. 
It is there that you go through the motions 
until they no longer matter. 
Dive deep, where hearts are broken, falling apart 
where darkness is divine 
where love is stronger than fear 
where you can hang only onto faith  
where you can grab onto the Other 
rise back up, gasping for life.  

Angela Hoffman lives in Wisconsin. Her poetry has appeared in Solitary Plover, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Museletter and calendar, Agape Review, Verse-Virtual, Visual Verse, and Your Daily Her first chapbook (Resurrection Lily, Kelsay Books) is scheduled for release in 2022. She committed to writing a poem a day during the pandemic. Spirituality and nature often inspire her poetry. 

One thought on “Shallow Waters Are Not Safe

  1. I love this poem….so thought provoking. Each word strikes a key. You are very talented.


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