Existing Underwater

© By Boinkaz

Big and little
Bahraini oyster divers
we touch far bottom
two gilgameshes
sheened in sun water
reflecting mother-of-pearl
off our backs.

We clutched at sea cucumbers on the Fiji reef,
Urban submariners.
Hunting Sponges with sardined hands
We fought with rubber knives as frogmen
and you always won.
Me I’d come alive as a stingray
a chariot for a tiny Poseidan.

I taught you base diving
about self-control in breath
Playing Navy SEALS
I’d hang at the poolside
and count 100 bounces
as you’d emerge like a turtle seeking rock
burbled cheeks
hands clutched at your back
and then sink again.

Now claws of salted water
scratch my eye
as across an isthmus of
squeaking dolphins
you raise your arms
in butterfly.

Tagged , ,

One thought on “Existing Underwater

  1. cyberbonn says:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: