Statistics Concerning Aquatic Asphyxiation

By Gregory JM Kasunich

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This is a fact:

10 people die from drowning each day.

Think about that for a moment:
today maybe
just now —
An infant at the kitchen sink bath
the victim of a ringing phone distraction.
Arrival and departure almost coincide.
Or a day drunk skinny dip.
Bravado and captain in the veins
undone by the push pull tide.
Or a newly made husband,
showboating in a honeymoon sea,
Just now crossing the great divide.
And you continue your ride-
Another lap around the sun
Your life no more urgent
Each breath just a breath
Maybe Knowing but not aware
There are 7 more on their way
And that’s just today
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