Treasure Island

Sherrie KolbCassel


An Opportune Moment


Caught in the riptide,
I called for you,
muffled cries silenced
by the weight of the water.

You never loved me,
in your stubborn sibling
rivalry, severing family ties,
seething as you watched me struggle.

As I went down for the third time,
just before I lost consciousness,
I felt your hands around my throat,
tenuous and tentative.

Submitted: Friday, December 20, 2013
Edited: Saturday, January 18, 2014

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