She drowned in the shallow end
on her knees at the very bottom
her red swimsuit a shimmering
smear of blood from where I stood
her eyes glued to white tile and
mildew, shoulders shaking as she
tried her hardest to glean oxygen
from the chlorinated water.
About Nazifa Islam:
Nazifa Islam grew up in Novi, Michigan. She has been published by Anomalous Press, Phantom Kangaroo, Flashquake and From the Depths among other publications. She regularly updates her blog Thoughts Interjected and is currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan.