Deep Reflections*


Below the ocean ledge

skipjack smoothly pulse

each time sunlight pierces

through patchy cloud debris.


While silver mullet shimmer

a dozen yellowtail slowly

sink toward bottom sand

like a brace of diamond flakes


intact. Tidal rhythms rock sea fans

opening bohemian neighborhoods

of chameleon pipes and blowfish

and one-eyed flounders wavering


in mid-air undisturbed.

A monstrous ray from nowhere

glides the reef to shake

his sabre just for exercise.


Then the stationary barracuda

explodes a school of passing sprat

so fast he's still standing still.

His jaws break the spell and end


the drama without surface traces.


*JOUVERT 5(2) (March 2001).