hanging on

“Hanging On” is a poem that appears in Look Ma! No Hands!

You are my anchor.
When I drift out to sea,
you are there to center me.

When I feel like I am drowning,
you throw me the rope.

You lift me up until I soar.
I long to stay connected,
oh, even more than before.

You teach to keep swimming forward,
through dark waters of despair.

You shine a light on a new way,
against the tragic currents of life
that aim to hold me back.

Other things may give me strength,
but there is nothing more powerful than your love.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.