Wednesday, October 23, 2013

from the water

"from the water" mostly B&W fine art series

She dipped below the surface, moving her arms like angel wings: thinking, wondering, and exploring the water; milky with dissolving soap. Sometimes when I see her, I don't know if I'm watching her or myself, as I can remember flashes of my little body so similar to hers. Each expression was honest, she has no reason to take notice of me when she's pretending to be a mermaid or a bathtub sailor. She is a creature, mysterious yet familiar. This is our routine, taking baths, me sitting on the side somewhere scrolling my phone listening to her made-up songs. But this particular evening I watched her, as she felt the movement in her hair half-deluged, a silent dance of thoughts and wiggles. I remember I too like to fall below the surface and feel my hair move in swirls around my head; holding my breath and pretending the world above doesn't exist. She is too young to have such thoughts, but I think we both understand the beauty of submergence. We are from the water, and sometimes I forget when there is nowhere else to go, to return to it.

I lifted her out of the bathtub, shivering, wrapping her in a towel to carry her upstairs... and later I thought...

"I'll return to the water and let you hold me down until I'm clean, and when I get up: naked, refreshed, and new, I'll believe again."

4 comments:

Jessie said...

Shew! C'mon with that!

Charis Hill said...

Love

Jess Gatlyn said...

dear lord. chills and tears.

Alsaeed A Koutb said...

نحن لا نتوقف اما اي شئ فنحن اولي شركات المقاولات بالرياض فاذا كنت بحاجة الي شركة لمقاولات فعليك بالمنارة لاننا افضل شركة مقاولات بالرياض نعمل من اجل ترميم البيوت و بنائها و انشاء افخم المباني في المملكة العربية السعودية
شركات مقاولات بالرياض
شركات المقاولات بالرياض خدماتنا علي مدار الساعة
كما اننا افضل شركة نقوم بعملية تنسيق الحدائق فنحن لدينا خبرات عالية جدا
شركة تنسيق حدائق بالرياض
تنسيق حدائق بالرياض