I lie back against the wooden seat,
a ripple of a smile to my mouth
like an anchor rope
slipping across a deck,
gentle heaves and sighs
strumming my stretching body.
You sit tall, oar dangling in the water,
work this profile of yourself.
I can’t row and I can’t swim.
But the boat bobs gently in the water.
And I’ve convinced myself
that I can do this.
Juanita Rey is a Dominican poet who has been in this country five years. She has worked many jobs while studying to improve her English. She has been writing for a number of years but only recently has begun to take it seriously. Her work has been accepted by Pennsylvania English, Harbinger Asylum, Petrichor Machine and Madcap Poets.