CDI: Poem Inspired by Colette Murphy's "Home"

I see swirls of blue, bright white light, windows with light,

seeping liquid, and a defining white line.

I hear stillness, water lapping up against the side of
the boat, and the sound of metal banging.

I smell bilgy water, decay, and the day’s catch.

I feel anticipation.

Broken, sad, hopeless.

I feel anticipation.

Optimistic, hopeful.


This poem was written by participants in the Child Development Institute’s Empowering Teachers Program at Sarah Lawrence College during a day-long workshop led by Underwater New York.