It happens in screenshots
Next is the reaching
Stretch until you can’t reach anymore
Awaiting the sound you have always listened for
Then you hear it
And you jump
As far as you possibly can
And straighten out-
You are in the air for seconds
But you have enough time to think,
What happens when I hit the water?
Then it happens before you decide on an answer
Then it’s silent-
The only thing you have
Is the air in your lungs,
Your arms stretched above you,
And the bubbles of course.
And you know that when you break the surface
The air is your only ally.
Calli Hilvitz is a senior at Peak to Peak Charter School where she is currently working on poetry in her Literature and Composition Class.
Art by Audrey Carver.