Saved by Art

Beneath waters of a rushing river laid moss growing helter-skelter

Upon rocks that jutted upwards without breaching the surface

Decades upon seasons of rain and sun

Freeze and thaw kept long floaty strands from reaching

Oxygenated air above

Moss grew pushing against the current

Or turning its back to allow water to flow freely

Holding its own

Occasionally the current crushed cold

Weathering the rock even as the moss lived


Gradually drought dried the river

Slowing the flow

Exposing nuances formerly hidden

Soft green growth eternally drowned

Unfurled for the first time

Face to the sun

Hidden strands like human lungs breathed in oxygen from the air

Rather than from water-logged filters of moistened roots

Deep and powerful breaths

Brush to the canvas

She became free