The ocean forgives you

The ocean forgives you
For using its name
and likeness
in all your poetry
and self-help meditations,
While you extract its life
in exchange
for small plastic coins,
your useless currency
now straining
its currents.
See how merciful
the ocean is
to you with short
salted memory,
the mother of
an ungrateful dependent.
As you take,
still she gives,
and will
until she turns to land,
or you return home.

©2017 Jeremy Ruzich