A Woman in the Hallway at a Book Party said This

At a book party she

looked at a photograph on the wall

Cornell she said.  Forty years ago

my parents didn’t want me to go. Don’t you

leave New York my father yelled but I did

and the first week forty years ago

do you remember the school

said you have to go into that pool.

I don’t swim I’m going to drown then I’ll never

get back to New York  I

went in  flailing around maybe I was

drowning saying goodbye in my head

this is it I thought tried to yell but no one

heard me going under a student

with one leg jumped into the pool

on her only leg lifted me out she saved me

OK Carol get right back

into that water the instructor said.

Are you kidding?

Absolutely never.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Yes! I had to watch my daughter take the same swim-test…They still make all freshmen do it. Luckily, she could swim, which makes it less interesting.

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