Photo by  Cheri Lucas Rowlands
Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

I sink underwater
Eyes open
Looking up at rippling glass
Shapes of light
Blue and white and gray and sometimes yellow

I think
I should panic
But I don’t
I bob, watching colors
The bubbles rising around me
Moving up, up,
Air finding air

I see his face
And I am not alone
Even here
Beneath the waves

No words exchanged
Silence, like water, fills every crevice
Locked on steady, serene eyes
I think…I feel
Perfectly placed

Everything moves, waves
The water
Our hair
But time pauses, motionless

My lungs burn in my chest
Heart pounding, salt stinging my eyes

Pain and peace
Fear and comfort
Love and heartbreak
I choose to feel them all

And so without breath
Without borders
Without answers
I rest
Beneath the waves

© Nichole Liza Q.

This poem was written in response to the Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words. I chose the photo Relaxation as my inspiration because it helped me to put into words some ideas and impressions that have been floating around (no pun intended…but nice right?) in my mind for the last couple of weeks. The song below also significantly influenced the poem. (Thanks to our church’s worship team for introducing me to this song!) If you’d like to better understand my perspective when writing the poem, have a listen. It’s a beautiful song. But if you want to let the poem speak to you without more of me involved, that’s cool too. As always, thanks for reading.

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