Waterways 2

26 degrees 31′ 04″ N
051 degrees 14′ 91″ W
17420 feet sea depth
1611 nautical miles

into the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

I am on the port deck,
looking for fresh air.

I can see no horizon,
no line where the starless, moonless night
meets the bottomless black of the water.

I am immobile in the black vastness.

I lose the sense of my own body.

I let one hand go, floating up, light.
I raise a foot,
tentatively letting the wind race underneath it.
I let both feet leave the deck.
My one hand tethers me,
but barely.

I let go.

The wind takes me.

The buffeting stops
after I am away from the ship,
as does my breathing.

The lights of the ship become smaller
and smaller,
then disappear.

I ascend, up,
as the wind takes me.
I am the darkness.
I am the cold.
I am the euphoria of the wind.

Blowing as I will.

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2 thoughts on “Waterways 2

  1. Anna Stewart says:

    “I can see no horizon,
    no line where the starless, moonless night
    meets the bottomless black of the water.”

    I adored this stanza. The exotic black, so deep, so pure, water and sky one…yes!

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