I float underneath stars
letting the north star be my
because it’s the brightest and biggest
and it seems to be right above me.
The water moves like black silk
and I let myself be carried.
With each breath, I let go
and relax deeper
into my bed of waves.
Underwater, I can hear frogs and cicadas
from the marshy seagrass
I am deaf to them above water
but when my ears are submerged
I hear the whirring and the clicking
discovering the vibrant life of
of noise and nature.
sound must travel faster in water
for it astonishes me that I can’t hear anything
when my head is floating above
in the outside world.
I must have learned that in middle school
but have since forgotten.
it’s amazing to relearn what we already know
to experience it first hand
floating in the dark sea
instead of sitting in black desks and staring at white smartboards.
I continue to watch my north star
and make shapes from it’s neighbors
allowing the stories and beauty to unfold
allowing myself to go deeper
release and let go
breathe in and breathe out
in rhythm with the water below me.