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The Underworld

April 5, 2017

Deep in the Northwoods,
where mosquitoes swarm in flocks
and pine trees try to tickle 
the clouds with their needles,

 

I sit in stillness 
at the end of the dock,
feeling the warm 
coffee cup in my hands.

 

 

Sun rays angle through 
the surface of the lake, 
revealing a glimpse into an underworld 
where I am a stranger...

 

     Pools of fish 
     smaller than my hand
     interweave

 

     among each other, 
     looking for tiny floating 
     particles for their

 

     morning snack.
     Stems 
     from each individual

 

     lily pad
     snake 
     their way

 

     to the mossy bottom.
     Mother goose 
     and her goslings’

 

     webbed feet 
     frantically 
     paddle and press.

 

I peer into the clear, crystal water
as if I am looking into the front window 
of a neighbor’s house, clandestinely
observing their daily life.

 

It doesn’t take long for me to realize
that there is so much I have never 
seen and don’t know 
about this watery world.

 

I submerge a foot
noticing the buoyant coolness
while my dog paws the water,
pretending to be a great wolf hunter.

 

     Later my dog and I
     fully immerse 
     ourselves,

 

     diving deep
     into the mystery 
     of this land.

 

But no matter how long 
I hold my breath, in the end, 
I must lift my body into the world above
and turn my head for air.

 

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