APAD 24: Diving


Diving
Yesterday
Clip harness here here and here
practice take-off and landing
reverse sardine into plane belly
up, up and away
lift the rolladoor
one two three divers
vanish
shuffle to the edge of the cabin
tuck feet outside under the plane
fall
face down
fast
then float this way and that
slowly
to runway touch down
Today
Adjust face mask
attach snorkel
sit on the slippery stairs
pull on fins
push off into cool bay waters
face down
stars sparkle
a green fish freezes
pretends to be seaweed
a toadfish hovers
oblivious or unconcerned
school groups pass
return
abalone reach beyond their shells
while maintaining rock anchors
sand tinkles
skin cools
back to earth
Above the earth
below the water
face down