My heart beats strong

and I notice.


My arms pull hard and sureĀ against the ancient oarsĀ 

and I notice.


I breathe in deeply the sweet spice

of Autumn’s breeze.


I float, rocking gently atop

the water’s breath.


Sinking deeper and deeper into

the fluidity of Hope.


Light dances in the water’s depths.

Sparkling, shining life returns it to the surface.


Reaching out, I catch the silver flash of

Hope mid-palm.


One moment of unbelievable wonder and

Then I have swallowed it whole.