From a Dream,
In the Outer Reaches of the Arctic

In a dream, I watch--I am--a body
Swimming effortlessly underwater
In a boundless tank with all the soothing

Azure beauty of the oceans, gently
Tossing fish--as though to understand the
Pattern of some creature seeking food, then

Dipping many feet to yet another
Level, with the graceful gesture of an
Ankle--as in faith to whales sounding,

Then releasing one more fish amidst the
Ambient wetness, rising once again--as
If pursuing sinuous perfection,

Guided by an unseen circular path,
Floating upwards, falling, in an endless
Rhythm of restful deep blue ecstasy.

© Douglas Allchin 12 June 1980