12 June 2019, Paxos

It was not long ago / before we saw you for the first time…
aquatic dancer, translucent skin and bones and skull revealing
brain and thin rope of spinal cord, miniature beating heart,

turning, stretching, waving, rolling – we never expected this
movement, your aliveness, your alien motion

still not in me as feeling though in me

here / now swimming in paradisiacal wombs of salty turquoise
I think of you swimming twice, within me and within the water,
taking your first sips and swallows

as I hold my breath, and dive.

From: Origin, Shearsman Books, 2022

Posted: Fri 13 Sep, 2019