REBECCA COOK is a teacher of composition, ESL writing, and the humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This is Rebecca's fifth appearance in TAR. E-mail
THE CATCHER IN THE WAVES

Had she known he would be the one to catch her,
to cut her down,
to open her with his silky blade.
Had she known he’d be the one to undo her,
his long finger pressing, unlocking,
his long hook of fire stuck forever in her middle.
Had she known it would be him,
she would have stayed elegantly zipped,
furiously cocooned, solidly cordoned,
perfectly sealed the way he found her when
he first pulled her from the water,
scooping her up with his slotted spoon,
a tight pea of promise, a slight slip of girl not yet awake,
not yet aware that her father had finally come for her.


Rebecca Cook
The Adirondack Review
The St. Lawrence Book Award
The St. Lawrence Book Award
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