Day 2

Day 2
Deborah Schwartz

I was afraid they would take
what was inside of me.
What was inside me went hiding
like a crow or a sea bird into the sky.
I lived mostly on top of the water
in the boat, though for a few hours
at a time, I swam.
Came in wet into the curve
always wanting to please her
and though I knew she was part of me,
she also had a separate self.
Eventually she gave me her secret.
She taught me to steal.
I swam to the next cove.
That’s when I had enough and made
the boat.
Well, I didn’t make it. I stole it.
In the end, nobody noticed.
It’s just that the boat was ready
and empty.

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