Advice when drowning:
don’t struggle, wasting precious air
but go with the flow.
avoiding the undertow
pulling you into currents of panic.
Treat this as any common woe
until you find yourself once more
in calmer waters approaching, perhaps,
a different shore.
Carole Farnan is a Belfast-based writer who has had work published in several anthologies, The Honest Ulsterman and A New Ulster.