they drowned her in a shallow pool
told her water was for breathing,
gulping into little lungs,
not for splashing
not to drink.
they drowned her in a shallow pool
tore her cheeks on jagged rocks, the
heated pebbles inches below
blood puddles,
ripples clear
they drowned her in a shallow pool
scraping her fingers from the concrete,
aqua fingerprints fading.
her hair is floating,
her body, not quite.
they drowned her in a shallow pool
watched her skin fade, watched it choke
her body tumbled past them
the waterfall
it hid her well.


inspired by a water piece at the pulitzer