I was a refugee in a warehouse, tapping on shoulders, but I didn’t
know why. Tapping on shoulders, circles of shoulders, I got tired.
Nobody talked to me. There was a foot of water around my ankles
and I pulled the ankles through the water, a cold wet answer. I
found a window, trudged over to the window, low and long like the
warehouse. I peered through the window and found an ocean, a friendly
dog of an ocean.
Was I a little scared? Maybe, but then he came on all warm and
disorganized, rushed to meet me in his sloppy way, nudged the wall
below me and I trusted, leaned to touch him. I felt the ocean and
he had not enough purpose to be cruel, not enough speed or method.
He rushed against the wall happily and I climbed out into him,
out into the dream.
The water was huge and purple, great and full, a warm soft landscape
at my waist. I was in the landscape, a tree inside the landscape.
Far off, the water was deeper, tall and above with waves. But the
waves were old low mountains, curved and cleavaged and calm. They
never crested or caught, and I couldn’t seem to sink, not
even when the undertow wanted me. I wanted him too.
One wave—he came for me, pulled me warm to the top of himself,
him tall self, I slid up his side and he was the highest mountain,
full and round and smooth, a pillow of water, a drowsy current.
My skin felt easy and outside me, nice against the warm of the
My eyes were open but I wasn’t looking, didn’t need
to. I was up to the summit. I was the summit and then slowly down
myself I slipped, to become the girl sliding gracefully down. There
were people below, elsewhere and safe, I knew, but not where or
The lovely wave carried me and the world grew wet with the trailing
of our hemline as we swept softly at our constant speed. We showed
the world our petticoat. The wave was my full skirt in the warm
sun, in the wet world where everything moved but nothing was lost
or gained. Just warm, just warm and full, we carried ourselves