Diving (poem of empowerment)

I am not an especially strong
swimmer, but even so,
the ocean calls to me.

When I visit my cousin
in far north Queensland,
I always savour the reefs.

Ridiculous though I may be,
I enjoy the rubbery goodness
of a wetsuit and flippers.

Preposterous really,
how large my feet are,
how inelegantly I wobble.

The ladder from a boat
is intriguing, it lies
innocently.

Until you need to
step from its rungs,
dive deep.

Deeper, deeper.
Oxygen mask
quivering.

Moving from the blue blue
To the green aquamarine
To black flashes.

Hyperventilating
and yet
empowered.

In the ocean
I do not fear sharks,
But myself.

I might explore
a shipwreck,
hidden treasure.

Or find the emptiness
of myself, wishing
I was a mermaid.

This is the place.
Water soothes me,
inflates my soul.

For though I am
largely earth-mother,
I want to explore.

The fish, the coral,
immerse myself
in the wreck.

I am complete.
There are no words.
Drowned eyes wide open.

Here
I breathe differently,
empowered

Diving (poem of empowerment)

msdebbie

Joined March 2009

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Artist's Description

For Pink Panther: this poem is about diving on one level, but about immersion of self on another. I find that many women find water empowering – and this is definitely the case for me.

I last visited far north Queensland in 2009, but thinking on a bright sunny Melbourne day of another time and place. Oh, how the Great Barrier Reef still thrills me from afar!

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