#NationalPoetryMonth and #AutismAwarenessMonth Exclusive: LIVE POETRY READING From Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Fish Out of Water by Chelsea DeVries

When I was younger

My favorite thing to do in the swimming pool

was see

how long I could hold my breath.

I wanted to be

like the captivating

yet mysterious

mermaids

at Weeki Wachee Springs.

Free to float among the bottom

of the revine

with the colorful fish

natural fauna.

Spring forward to adulthood

And I’m still swimming

against the current.

Some days it drags me under

but I’ve settled in.

To the art of drifting

with the ebb and flow

of the rising tide.

I’ve settled in

to the moments

I can’t breathe

because I know

like the tide

I will rise.

And

Glorify

The Creator

For making me this way.

A fish out of water.

He was a man of the sea

so it

makes sense

how he didn’t run

when he spotted my sparkly scales

along the length of my tail

or

How I got bored in the shallow end.

He was unafraid of

the mermaid in me.\

-Chelsea DeVries, Copyrighted 2022,

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