to the Americans who made me read these aloud and kindly snipped their fingers in response
Taking a break between dives
Waiting for the body to release the nitrogen
Regaining some warmth left in the deep blue.
The boat rocking slowly on top
Waiting for the body to release my breakfast
With my pale face turned into a deep white.
Just a seagull’s fleeting shadow
Waiting for the body to release its inflammatory response
Another layer of skin lost to the deep red.