I’ve been long drawn to the ocean,
Its depth, its breadth,
The way it crashes on shorelines
Vast and varied, on sand or shell,
The ocean doesn’t discriminate
Where and on what it breaks.
The ocean is unrelenting,
The ocean is dynamic,
The ocean is life.
It reminds me to live deeply,
Not necessarily comfortably or easily,
But to inhale life slowly and fully,
Drawing it in and breathing it out rhythmically
Like the steady streams of air I take and give
Through my diving regulator
When I’m a few dozen feet below the surface
When I kick, kick, kick my finned feet smoothly
So I can hover just above a coral reef, in the thick of
Streams of swift and sparkling fish, just above
Several somnolent sea turtles and swirling sea grasses,
Where, nearby, I see sleek whales and dolphins swimming and playing
Sharks and rays shimmying, gliding fast with little effort,
And jellyfish bobbing up and down through the water column.
The sea is full of life,
And, I realize, we are life,
Like coral, a fish or a turtle, a piece of sea grass,
Like a whale or a dolphin; a shark, a ray or a jellyfish,
All of us exist together in this sea.
The question is: Once the water gets deeper,
Once you’re surrounded by sharks,
Do you flee to the surface or sink to the bottom,
Or do you suspend yourself
In that deep sapphire blue water of existence?
In this ocean, I hope you seek the depths,
In this ocean, I hope you’ll join me here.