I watched one of those video compilations
of summer mishaps—kiddie pools and diving
boards and water slides and someone going
to jump dive slide swim and ending up all
wonky—and laughed once or twice in spite
of myself, but lingering afterward is that
moment when things change from fun to not,
and how vulnerable we all are, one moment
to the next.
Hannah Mahoney lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys clouds, trees, and sentences.