Of Ripples, Waves and Drowning

stand on toes
chin up, look up
breathe with water
touching lips

do not relax
or you will drown
be thankful
that this lake
is smooth

fear the ripples
fear the waves
fear the cadence
that water rocks

a storm is coming
the wind reveals
it’s seen in corners
of fearful eyes

with the rain
with lots of rain
water will come
water will rise

fear the flood
fear the flood
for you will die

one cannot learn
to swim
in waters deep

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