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.

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*JOUVERT 5(2) (March 2001).