There we stood in the one moment offered to us
that could have meant something.
Chlorine and water vapor clinging to our skin,
to the crawling wall. I said only what I meant.
I became a better daughter, lover, river, body,
girl. I could have been anything but settled
for only what you asked. You opened my mouth
and found sand where a tongue should be,
the nearest beach a country away. I became
the ocean and took my body back,
I became a girl and gave my body away.
Nikki Velletri is a high school student from Massachusetts. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and can be found in Words Dance.