The time I drowned

Warm summer day
Carefree, youthful fun
Backyard pool
Swimming with my brother

Horseplay, or just bad luck
Pinned against the pool wall
— and under an inflatable raft —
Couldn’t break free from it

Flailing; starting to sink
Quickly began to drown
Just about to the end
Breath…running…out…

You jumped in the pool
— wearing all your clothes —
With only seconds to spare
Splash of the water still echoes

I watched the scene from above
As my soul started to float away
Maybe I never told you before
But thank you for saving my life.


A poem by Jason S. Sullivan, 11-17-20

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