The Water is Wide
Twenty-three years on land did not prepare me
for the quick riot of colors
which sink steadily into a blue world
whose infinite appetite devours light.
To go inside, to enter deeply,
is what brought us here, where our hair
floats above us like a wild crown
that points towards heaven.
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Even what we fear is beautiful
and part of what we came for—encounter
with shark or elusive jellyfish.
And the unequalled quiet that intoxicates.
from time’s ticking watch,
the elegant way that everything bends
in the blue-black veil it wears.
We run our hands over an edge of a cave,
praying, sacred, sacred, and sacred.
As we make our careful ascent back
to the surface, we feel less in danger of
our eardrums exploding
and more of the pleasant feeling
welling up in our hearts.
1997 Moira G Gallaga©