Jaime burrows her toes deeper into the sand.
She watches the sun sink slowly into the skyline,
it’s colors melting on the surface.
It’s her third day on the beach,
her third day watching the color change.
She takes three deep breaths,
contemplating whether she should try to shake off the sand,
or stay sugar coated.
takes three steps to the waters edge,
and sticks her sandy toes in the surf.
As silt swallows her feet,
she begins to sink.
She takes three more steps,
foam clinging to her calves.
The sand shifts beneath her feet, but it holds.
Suddenly, she stoops down,
scooping handfuls of water onto herself.
Sand streaks down her arms;
the hem of her dress clings to her legs.
She should sit.
Instead, she takes three more steps.
As her dress floats around her thighs,
she lifts her head, searching.
A wave slaps her back.
Soaked, she stumbles.
Another wave surges.
Her dress snags on the current,
The salt stings, but she doesn’t struggle,
except to see three stars as she slips beneath the surface.