Diane Mayr and Paula Lantz

Paula Lantz
Out of My Window!

Inspiration piece

On the Bay
By Diane Mayr


What was she thinking
inviting me along on
the Sunfish that day?

She, all of fifteen,
was a practiced sailor.
I had never sailed.

Not knowing the jargon,
“coming about!” nearly lost
me my head–but I learned.

I could barely swim, yet
we capsized giggling
instead of glubbing.

Youthful exuberance
and a dollop of trust
were all life required.

I didn’t realize then that
being underwater wouldn’t
always be survivable.

And having the means
to sail on the bay
requires more than trust.


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