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"The Diver of the Deep" by Eric Wayne Flynn

Updated on August 28, 2014
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"The Diver of the Deep"

Orange cream sits on top the blue of the bay

A young father must feed his seed

And so he must work

And so he dives down

Down into the deep

Into the dark

Into where the monster lives

Where life is measured in breaths

The pressure mounts

He dives further

So he goes down, down, down and down some more

Down in the dark with only a drum that beats

Black boom boom black

I hear, he couldn't see a thing

Except a few specks

Little flickers of light

Something to swim for

The diver fixes a net

So his family can eat fish

Into the net with a knife

He cuts

He breathes

He rests

He thinks

Swimming to the top

The only way out

Out of the deep blue

Back in the glow of the orange cream

Victory fills the lungs of the diver of the deep

He extends his hand to collect his pay back on the boat

Today his family eats

Happiness in life; managed by the day

By the weather

By the window

Watching the rain

With his wife

The diver dives into her

It's a soft summer night

There is love in the room

There is magic in the air

In just a few moments a seed will sprout a life that wasn't there

It's a boy, born afraid to dive

A coward with a pen

Searching for air

And so he must work

And so he dives down

Down into the deep

Into the dark

Into where the monster lives

Where life is measured in breaths


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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thanks Jodah, glad you enjoyed it.

      EWF

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Another interesting collection of words Eric. A few different visions of the term 'diver' here. Well done.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you Dana, i appreciate the visit as always.

      EWF

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      This was a very deep and interesting poem Eric, thanks as always for sharing.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you Amy for the visit and the kind words.

      EWF

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      Amy Naylor 3 years ago from England

      Wow, well this took a direction I was not expecting but I loved it! A little snippet into the life of a diver and the cyclical nature of survival.

      Fantastic poem, voted up my friend! :-)

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thanks for the visit Word55. I appreciate you taking the time.

      EWF

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Cool, I enjoyed that bro Eric. That was deep. God bless!