Water by Kathryn Mockler

Poet name: Kathryn Mockler Poem title: Water Poem: If you are feeling hopeless, then give up hope. I won’t tell anyone. I won’t tell you to put on a brave face or feel better about yourself. I won’t tell you to wash your hair or pick up the dirty clothes. You don’t know where to begin. I don’t know where to end. We are water. We slosh this way and that. Sometimes we splash up against a boat, a dock, the shore. Fish swim through us. Rocks sink. There are pebbles and little pieces of glass and there are sticks and there are shells and there are fragments of bone. The garbage floats— a plastic cup, a beer can. Some- times the sand beneath us gets stirred up. Sometimes it sits perfectly still.  End of poem.  Credits: Copyright © Kathryn Mockler Previously published in The Puritan (Issue 41, Spring 2018) and as a 2019 Poem In Your Pocket Day selection from the League of Canadian Poets. Kathryn Mockler is the author of four books of poetry and six short films. She is the Publisher of the online climate anthology Watch Your Head and Canada Editor of Joyland Magazine. She has a chapbook written in collaboration with Gary Barwin forthcoming from knife | fork | book in 2020 and her debut collection of stories is forthcoming from Book*hug in 2022.