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11.14.17 – Spongey
I hadn’t crawled over half the ocean to spend it with a twisted spine but I was tossing in the night without the rolling blue mountains asking me to do so. The timing of that injury wasn’t steady enough to ignore. I’d been standing on broken bones for months but a swift slice of my abdomen would send me reeling. There wasn’t anything for it but to batten down the hatches and ride it out till the swells stopped swallowing this ship. Even at the far ends of the earth my old wounds saw fit to chase me. I’d hoped they would stop shy of the water and leave me be until my return. They took their time in the chase and caught me clean under the sun with no raft for a quick escape. Now I’d be wrestling with them through the day and night trying to forget that they made a difference. It was hard when you didn’t know how long you’d be beaten at the sides nor what you’d be called to do durning that coarse sailing. I tried my best to just float and hope the sea might carry me into a calm lagoon.
At some point they put us in glass bells and shoved us below the waves. I felt ancient wearing that metal armor and standing with my feet flat upon the sand. The world above shimmered at only 15 feet and looked impossible to reach. We stared at it like it was a place we’d never seen; the sky had too many colors to be the same place we’d just left. We were here now and had to mingle politely with the sea-folk, offering a nibble of bread and finger to keep them calm and gathering. Moving underwater came with all the challenges it sounds like it should have and we were exhausted in the effort of shifting and shoving those diving helms forward. A shoulder shrug was out of the question so they gave us sign language to be better fish whisperers. We played hide and seek with some of the smaller schools and knelt by he coral to spy their favorite spots. We didn’t disturb them, but there was a strong desire to sneak away and hide amongst the flowing fronds of that great reef. Everything shifted softly here and that felt like the right speed for a recovery.