[Because writing and reading are keeping me grounded in the wild madness that is swirling around us.]

By vanessa shields

I know I am part mermaid
when I deep-dive into
the crisp-cold water
of lake erie
my hands stacked
my arms outstretched
my torso curving to meet
the gentle bends of
the sandy bottom
my legs tight-muscled
my feet pointed
the water propelling
me forward
my skin slick
with memory

my breath


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