99 New: Diver Girl

In my mind’s eye
I run, leap, stretch my arms
Lean muscle, hurling myself
Into a brown river, slicing
Like an arrow shot from my brother’s bow

I forget the self waiting
Plaid shorts and halter top
Worried the river held fish
That would slide against my legs

It’s a boy diving, I see his shorts
His friend waits behind him
It’s a statue of other people, not me
Though I could have been them
Had I known to be brave


“The Young Swimmers,” by James F. Hopfensperger
Marinette, Wisconsin




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