A fifth-grade bully, a blossoming romance, a late-night crash
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Lynn Davis is a writer who lives in North Carolina. “The Diver” is her first published poem, unless you count the one she wrote in sixth grade that everyone teased her about.
The Olympic moment I remember most / Does not involve gold medals / Or bright, enthusiastic faces in the Parade of Nations.
I always thought a kind of permanence awaited me in the future: I’d grow up, find my niche, and settle down. The questions of my youth would dissolve into a mature understanding of how the world works. But now I am a twenty-one-year-old woman fresh out of college with hazy goals of foreign travel and falling in love. A fear is roiling in me that I will never find peace and certainty.