Andrea Doland

A Scuba Diver's Observation

I grew up in a small town in Virginia, and after high school, I went to Virginia Tech and then transferred to VCU and eventually graduated from there.






I spy her gawking at explosions of chestnut and emerald
Skimming froth and shingly crevices
She seesaws then flutter kicks through waters calmed

I laugh as she zips towards a dangling treasure unexplored,
Snatched up but giggling by way of touching faces
She seesaws then flutter kicks through waters calmed

I can’t help but sigh as she flies up past Midnight Embers, her preconceptions shuffled
A delicate silk line teases, tenses, teaches
She seesaws then flutter kicks through waters calmed

Out of my view, she catches sight of a sun and a string speckled world
But cold reflective latches are not lasting blazes, still she remembers how
She seesaws then flutter kicks through waters calmed

Bereft of her river, her chimera of treasure fumbled
Myself knowing, she waiting, ‘her’ fiend commences the tosses;
She seesaws then flutter kicks through waters calmed

Now as I ascend, I watch her pass pebbles, perceive colors, merely notice bait.
Gawking at explosions of chestnut and emerald
She seesawed then flutter kicked through waters calmed.

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