Death came for me
in that year of awakening
before numbers doubled
and puberty banished
autonomy – it knocked.
Peace accompanied certainty
as I lay, motionless in the water’s
depths, surprised at the absence
of panic, of struggle, a resigned
surrender overtaking me.
Light beckoned and a harmonic
chorus, like the whisper of angels
intoned : Be strong,and
Know you are not alone,
before l lost consciousness,
And when I came to, sopping wet,
dry land beneath me, the softness
of death’s light, and the voice
of Heaven’s choir remained
etched in my soul’s memory.