Lifeboat Dream

by J. Kirkendall


Four of us, who know each other,

are in a nearly-full lifeboat.

We can carry the weight of two more adults

before we capsize in frigid waters.


Someone desperately asks,

What do we do?


A guy that sounds like me stands up and shouts,



He continues,

If we have to . .

Healthy men get in the water and hold the railing.

One we saved, age 4

One we saved, age 4


Tie a rope to my waist, and

I ‘ll bring back as many as I can.


When I can’t move anymore,

Someone take my place.