Last night I watched “Sully” with Tom Hanks,

My heart pounded,

Memories rose with angst.

Denise Lake T

(This is the lake we crashed in, photo taken a prior year than our crash)

We each crashed in the water,

Me a frightened child,

He a hero, husband, and father


155 souls, alive in the Hudson,

Coast Guard to the rescue,

Comfort among destruction.


At the Alaskan lake so remote,

Dad depraved, me degraded.

Recovery team took hours, I lost hope.


The torn shelter first my salvation,

No longer a haven of warmth and safety,

Now just another place, another altercation.


So much trauma, my brain couldn’t hold,

35 years gone by,

Emotions still unfold.