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Left the dock to jump in the black barnacles glued to the wood Moment of fear with no turning back footprints dark wet where I stood Swimming the river in summer conscious of reed moccasins toe tips on seaweed, shiver me timbers water tight holding my skin Blue crabs slip past me soon red, dipped for dinner Water bugs weightless and constantly spinning Sun on a slant as it blues the horizon seal slip my skin through the night Lanterns left burning, mosquito wings twirling alligator eyes shining white Leaving the river to begin it’s night life with creatures who don’t know the day Spring water bathing, fear not withstanding Blows my composure away.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2005

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