a downward current pulls her under

sinks her like a grain of salt

water bars the sun from warming

refracted rays distort and turn

her vision blue

liquid pressure bursts her eardrums

clogs every pore with brine

her heart gives out

as oxygen is crushed from the alveoli

and anoxia destroys her brain


if only she would shift her weight

in time

reach up her arms

her course would change

but no one told her or she never heard

my sunshine

how painless it can be to rise again

break through the surface

fill her lungs with air

and reclaim life


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