Skinny Dip
by Sarah Russell

That afternoon
we baptized one another
in a mountain lake
and washed away
our shalt-not childhood.

PHOTO: “Splash” found at

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The who, where and when of this poem shall forever remain in the mountains.

Sarah Russell

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sarah Russell has returned to poetry after a career teaching, writing, and editing academic prose. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Kentucky Review, Red River Review, and Misfit Magazine among many others. See more poems at