sleights of memory roil in eyes thick with tears 
and ganglia strung around the body
open their mouths without permission

deep ache --
the long tail of a huge creature slips away in darkness

go / go without asking –
without asking anymore why or how or what to do

let mind and body’s angels work -- involuntary
a delicate mystery --
contained / containing
ocean / and its creature leviathan

the sea-strong pull of this idea –

this adventure is everyone’s
unwilled unwanted feeling
the extraction
unmeasured space
outside / and the pull of this idea
follow home

poem by Jo Mariner / image by Christopher Michel CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons