They saw from the safety of the boat a Syrian father and daughter in the sea
They were like an afterthought
They didn’t see them drown
They thought they heard them for an hour talking to each other how a daughter and father do when they are asking how the other is
When it was impossible to see them they held onto the image
There was no moon, the weather was murky and the night absolute
The women wanted to turn the boat to look for them
The authorities said they had to be looked after
They said the coast guard would be informed
In Portland, Oregon fifth grade students graduated to middle school:
the mathematician astronaut student, the athlete student, the dreamer animal lover student, the gentleman scholar student, the filmmaker student, the social activist nature lover student