Dogs 2010

DRIFTING AWAY
(3/6/10)


years ago
I helped to pull
a young woman
out
of a gray
swirling
Arkansas River
on a cold
winter's day

she looked
so peaceful
floating there
that we hesitated
for a bit
as if
we might be
violating
her solitude

but we saw
the current
catching her
so jumped in
and brought her
back

later
she blinked her eyes
and told the paramedics
that she just
wanted
to go
home

they laughed
and told her
that she would not
be going home
for a while

difficult
to know
if her death
would have been
more tragic