Drown is a verb
when your arms give out
and your legs kick wide
and your eyes ask me
if this is what you had planned
why the sunscreen, why the goggles
why the well-balanced meals
why the eight o’clock bed time and
why ever even get cranky with me at all.
you cry and shake and say you thought
you were going to die and I say no
that wasn’t death that was drowning
it’s what we do when there’s no one around to lift us up and out of the water.