Submerged

Breathing every 5
a constant rhythm
relaxed and controlled.
keep my head below
under the water
the dream for longer
wanting to surface.
breathing is needed
I lift my head up
open my mouth for
quick intake then a
immersed again deep.
thought occurs to me:
above be the dream
below reality?
my belief in an
false, a separate
fabrication? Is
body not mine but
lake’s ours together
fish milfoil swimmers
the same, longing to
forever submerged?
5 strokes at a time
am not I but we
sharing molecules
from gravity’s pull
hungry lungs’ demands

strokes
calm
I
down
in
not
But
so
and
a
plunge
A
could
and
Is
I
self,
my
the
us
all
stay
Yes.
I
joined
freed
and

This is an experiment with breathing every 5 strokes. In a future draft, I’d like to try to turn it into a contrapuntal, with both columns making sense separately and together.