I Would Never
I would never
I almost drowned when I was five.
I remember the feeling of being pinned underwater,
unable to surface,
my lungs feeling on fire.
I learned to swim -- sort of --
but my face never goes in the water.
I take showers.
I'd never try a flotation tank.
And the idea of wiping out,
of having a huge wave crash down
on my body. . . .
well, that's too much to handle.
I can watch, however,
as someone else dances with waves.
I just know it'll never be me.
Not in this lifetime.