Portage Bay, February

freighter canoe,
one end full of water,
pulled partially onto raft,
sliding sideways, raft tipping—
I’m swept into the water,
shock of depth, layers of
winter clothes instantly soaked,
body heat draining,
gray closing in, implacable,
a few feet to the raft,
grab, up,
chest then kneee,
out on stomach, stand—
canoe floating below the surface