Amy Baskin

at the waterfall

weave through the parking lot
follow the signs buy postcards
of the tallest, most magnificent waterfall in the park
ask strangers to take pictures

scurry down the paved path towards the gift shop
smash a souvenir penny for only 50 cents
eat a soft serve and hop back in the car
check it off the list of “to do’s”

one kid stops the smooth flow of people
tourists bump into each other in line
the kid ripples through them darts under
a guard rail breaks away while his dad

wipes mist off the camera lens
this kid squats and stares at a trickle
a small spurt of water
a meager rivulet

barely perceptible
not the main stage not even
a sideshow no billing accorded it
this kid chucks a rock in that trickle

hops in up to both ankles splashing
and grinning joins the stream of thin water
limbs swishing cheeks flushed
as if it too is worth knowing


Amy Baskin‘s work has appeared in VoiceCatcher, Cirque, and Friends Journal. She is a 2018 and 2016 Willamette Writers Kay Snow Poetry honorable mention recipient. When she’s not writing, she matches international students at Lewis & Clark College with local volunteers to help make them feel welcome and at home during their stay.

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