10: February 2016 #14 - I Found You at the Bottom of the Ocean
Authored by Joyce Nancy
I Found You at the Bottom of the Ocean
by Joyce Nancy
I found you at the bottom of the ocean swimming circles, tangled in nets other people had cast off. I wanted a home inside the scales of your mermaid skin, beside the weightless sway of your body against the tide, so free under the godless sky. When I pulled you ashore I was trying to rescue myself. We have the same story - stayed quiet, used echolocation. You are the dark & endless sea, muddled watercolors of a beach scene or a bedroom, my hands in your hair picking out refuse, sprawling navy blue midnight, that shade of beautiful, the inside of your eyelids. Whether you say I can breathe underwater or I am drowning, I believe you. I found you under the sky in a bed made of ocean, the place I was born. We sank separate in the same sea for many years, until one day I found you and knew.