The water is wet around my ankles

algae soft beneath my toes


There is a resting rock

in the middle of the river

that I want to reach


White-capped waves

riptide my breath from me

break rough my waving arms


I was never a strong swimmer

and don't know how to make a raft

but I am familiar with the catfish


who slide up my legs as guides

like a mermaid tail