therewas space between us, front/ back, heads/tails. we were both penniless. I threw the water you pretended to drown in. i wished you everything/you wished for more.
your hand spread over my mouth. you’re drowning, drowning, drowning. i found that rusty wish in the river bed—wanted you/but, you didn’t want me.
Tia Cowger is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. A poet at heart, her work has been published in Eastern’s literary journal The Vehicle, Toe Good, Gone Lawn and others.