"Smooth"

..

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