Haibun by Martin A. Ramos

On Sunday there was an emergency call about a woman who was in a desperate way down by the river. We heard the report and went down to the river where she was shouting and screaming that the current had taken her daughter…

No wonder we despair,
a father and his toddler daughter
face down at river’s edge

How could they have known
the river water whirlpools
are unforgiving