From “Drowning,” by Siobhan Dutchyn

Water thickens around my neck, the air gets cramped and thin,
Reaching for an unknown aid, as numbness chills my skin
The laughter fades, the smiles disappear, the happiness is lost,
A shadow raises harsh despair for I am no longer on top
Paddle and push, engulfed with water as I try to gasp for air,
Cough and croak, sink not float, if I could think, I’d be scared.

My spirit is lost; it ran away without me, I will trace its tracks.