Under the Sea….


Underwater photograph using internal flash illustrating backscatter Peter Southwood–own work

The poem prompt in the book I’m using is to explore a drowning or near-drowning. I don’t think I can do that, because the idea of going underwater for any reason, even showering or washing my hair when I can’t control the water scares me to death.

I remember once at the beach we were playing what I called “motorboat,” and I must have slipped out of my mom’s hands. The next thing I remember was being between her legs and under the water.  I couldn’t have been under for more than a few seconds, and I don’t know if she got hold of my hands or how I came up. All I know is that somehow I was out of the water.

I’m not frightened enough to resist going into the ocean or a swimming pool, but I can’t put my face under the water. I can’t let water hit me in the face. I take baths instead of showers, and that’s about the best I can do. I don’t know whether I could actually go on a boat for a cruise. I like to think I could, but who knows?

I’m hoping as I write that something will tickle my brain and help me write the poem to fulfill the prompt, but I can’t get past the tickle of fear in my chest.

To try to combat this fear, I am going to watch Sue Austin’s TED video “Deep sea diving…in a wheelchair“. I think I’ve posted this for y’all before, but it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Another TED talk that blows me away is “Dive into a ocean photographer’s world”

Enjoy these glimpses of something I can’t describe in words.

Under the sea, under the sea
Darlin’ it’s better
Down where it’s wetter,
Take it from me

Sebastian–“The Little Mermaid”



About lana1967

I'm a Southern girl at heart who wants to build a community of people who believe they can change the world with words like "love" and "freedom" when they become more than words, but actions in our work and our daily lives.
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