Aug 132013

by Laura Pendell


have I died?

first you pierce the water

the shock of the cold

the shock of the wet

making you gasp


you’re holding

your breath

and then there’s

that next moment

when you turn

toward the sunlight

when you turn

toward the surface

toward the air

when time stops

for an eternity

or what feels

like an eternity

except really

it’s just a second


in that eternity

that’s really a second

time stops just long enough

and you wonder

will the surface never come

will I always be suspended

will it always be this cold

here in this body

of water

that’s when

you break through

back out & up & into

the air

the cry of the coyote

coming from you