That girl in the water–
She is all alone.
She’s the one who won’t waste the afternoon sunshine,
Or the shore,
Or the water.
She knows the danger in wasting things like that:
One day she had her life,
And the next day it was never the same again.
She knows now
To get in the water and swim,
Even if the other kids say it’s too cool.
If they stay out–
Waiting for another, better day–
She’s in,
Enjoying her new bathing suit right out loud,
And judging them all harshly for their extravagance.
Once she was a girl swimming in front of her own house
Whenever she wanted,
Whenever she felt like it.
And now she’s here:
A Chinese girl
Sitting down
In this unchallenging lake,
Remembering a place
She will never see again.

Viola Moriarty
revised 2011

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viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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