Poetry: We Didn’t Drown

By Monica C. Voskamp


You could have walked away

In distain.

You could have looked away

From my pain.

You could have left me to tire out

You could have let the waves

Take hold of me.


But you are not the fool

To play the part

Of watching a tired soul



You risked your life by

Saving mine.

You gave your strength

To chains prisoning me.

You dove that deep

To make sure I would swim



You didn’t walk away

In my wrestling.

You didn’t walk away,

No, you stayed.


I could’ve drowned.

I could’ve been deprived

Of all my oxygen.

I could’ve died

In my chains.

But you made sure

That wasn’t the fate for me.

You made sure that wasn’t

The last page of my history.


I didn’t die that long hard night

I didn’t drown.

When I couldn’t fight the waves

And was crying out,

You reached out.

You showed me

Hands of love don’t judge,

They reach out.


I didn’t drown; I didn’t die.

My body didn’t turn bloated blue.

I’m not on that ocean bed tonight,

Because someone was brave enough

To swim the depths to me

To guide me to the surface,

To see me



I will always remember that someone

That heroic someone

Who saw the miracle through,

Who now says with me:

We didn’t drown.

We defied the storm.

We’re swimming weightless,



Always believe. Always hope. Always love. ❤

*Photo Credit: Photo by Tyler Lastovich on Unsplash

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