An inexperienced rafter, I find myself
Racing down an un-runnable river-
Narrow passages, big waves, twists and spins
My heart racing with each maneuver.
I’m drunk, laughing, proud to be reckless
Fully vested in the adventure; and then
An unavoidable rock
My body tenses, bracing for impact
And I wish I were sober, or had
Brought a life vest because there’s no way
To jump out and swim to shore.