after bottom’s fractured and you weightless
you’re in too deep
drowning drowning going down
do you flail take on dank waters in staccato swallows
have you made ready key and timbre of
your Desperation Shout
And who in this wilderness will hear?
What foolish imp inside convinced you
land stumbler you could swim against
this ten thousand years determined and sinister tide
Did you read it somewhere?
Who was the sage who counselled
never skip introductions or footnotes
never accept half promises or a one way ride
never look behind
you know what’s buried there
raise a hand
give yes open flutter up receive
Water bearer water sign no warranty
dreamy titles won’t help you here:
you select flounder swim
speak or drown.