Under Water

Pieces. Fragments of emotion that pile together in this state.
Become red. Forget body, want blood.

When I am with those I know, I see ocean in the distance.
Forget understanding. Remember rational thought.

And what is rational is blue reflected in the sky, climbing the wall
and sea level becomes blurred. Flooding. Taking the horizon with it.

For it is fire in the belly making our heads melt.
Now even our children can’t find us near the surface to take our hands.


9 thoughts on “Under Water

  1. JC says:

    Being a Pisces myself, i feel comfortable living underwater and can always tell when others are around. We are indeed intriguing once we admit who we are and turn those fish in the same direction. A lovely poem… jc

  2. sanberdooboy says:

    for me, it’s a powerful poem, fearful, perhaps best exemplified by this line: “For it is fire in the belly making our heads melt.” what i get from this poem is how unsettled our world is. in fact, just a few minutes ago i read a posting from a lady blogger in istanbul. a large bomb went off in their neighborhood, and she is, of course, terrified. i hope that in 2017 we can experience more “rational blue” and less “fire in the belly.” and i hope that you and yours have a wonderful 2017.

    • Kate Houck says:

      Thanks for sensing the political elements in this poem and my fear connected to them. We are not the only country experiencing a rise in violence, though it may be manifesting itself differently in the States. The Turks have had a scary year. However, I haven’t heard of any recent bombings (I have many dear friends there so I follow their news closely).

      I hope for greater solidarity in blue for 2017. Happy New Year, friend…

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