I wear an anchor on my neck
just like I wear my heart on my sleeve.
They say it symbolizes strength and stability,
that it marks the end of a long journey.
It reminds me
that only I can hold myself steady
when the ocean waves tirelessly rock the ship
that carries the experiences of my life.
Back and forth it sways,
but it does not sail away
because of me.
I am the anchor.
Some days I brave the expanse of the ocean,
with the knowledge that I can drop to the bottom of the sea
whenever I please
and make friends with the fish.