(Theresa van Koeverden wrote the poem The Warning after the drowning death of Jule Marie Kovar of Fort Gratiot, Michigan in August. The 14-year old slipped under the surface as she swam in rough waters at the Grand Bend beach near the pier.) The Warning By Theresa van Koeverden
Soft warm sand Shifting shards of rock Under toes Lying, drifting, twirling Pressing against the pole Where the red flag waves
Light, warm breeze Crossing over the lake Over heads Flowing, Catching against the pole Where the red flag wves
Blue rolling water Capturing the sand Against bodies Jumping, curling, moving Rolling toward the pole Where the red flag waves
Feet on sand Standing suddenly still Between waves Churning, enfolding, trapping Forgetting the pole Where the red flag waves
No way out Curling with the cap In water Reaching, pulling, touching Missing, warning From the red flag’s wave.