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Flood Waters.

We used to swim in flood waters.
In the summer we spent at dad’s house the river would rise.
He had two mobile homes that backed up to the water and lived on top of stilts

When it rained in Arcadia, Florida, the water came down in fits of fury.
The river would rise and predictably, it would make its way into the yard.

They had a boat for that.
To take us to our cars and back.
The river would rise and the debris would find it’s way out of the crevices of trees and off of the banks of the river.

But, we loved to swim in the flood waters.
When you’re young and not yet ready to be fearful-
floods are exciting and alligators are new friends sunbathing on the banks just waiting for you to shake their hands.

When you’re young and not yet ready to be fearful-
your only concern is when the water will be high enough to dive into your front yard from the treehouse.

You prefer when the water rises and picks up speed.
When you’re young and not yet ready to be fearful-
you don’t see yourself as a risk taker.

You simply take the risks that are presented to you.

My 9-year old self didn’t know that shooting a 45-magnum
would throw me back into my inibriated father’s arms.
I never saw myself as brave and though his arms may have been shaky, they were still the arms of my father so I knew they must be strong.

Sometimes sitting still feels impossible, like my inner being will burst through my skin.
Like my soul is dancing so furiously that it must break free.

Those are the days that I remember summers spent swimming against the current.
A small part of me is still paddling feverishly,
and I’m finally able to admit that the risk-taking arms of my father are a significant part of what has made me strong.

with love,
Sarajane.

 

Donna Dobbins McCall - February 16, 2015 - 11:20 am

No one will ever convince me that praying for a hedge of protection around your children doesn’t work. I bet you have a gaziillion angels keeping watch. It would nice if we could see them ………

Peter Diaz Esqueda - February 19, 2015 - 5:09 pm

So beautiful

Peter Diaz Esqueda - February 19, 2015 - 5:09 pm

So beautiful.

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