Momentous Above the Water

Momentous Above the Water

Danielle Jackson

I know if you could swim from under the symphony
you may hear the medley that I hear, all sweet in its zest,
instead of clinging to the clanging tuneless riffles that kill a refrain.
I drift to the surface in shallow faster moving sections of a stream,
amongst the rocky shoal,

I find what releases my mouth to breath for air,
And my ears -- open gills -- two respiratory sound organs,
breathing life right in me, lungs are humans gratuity, or a silent need
we forget to be grateful for, but
I’m grateful for those ears -- breathing in melody,
and exchanging sound, exhale and inhale -- to send waves down to my toes,
in my heart, and soul,
it keeps my legs kicking, instead of giving in and sinking.