Ellie Daphne van Stralen


Ice Diver - Poem by Ellie Daphne van Stralen

he stood barefooted on the surface of the floe
his known unknown world right below
surrounded by a partly frozen ocean
showing smallest or lesser motion
touched by immense intense cold
ice bounding all the unspoken and untold
only natural skin-deep arctic breathing
prevented renewed feeling of teething

warmth slowly melted little islands of ice
facilitating each a temporary flotation device
precarious compulsory slippery leaps
caused little clouds of old snow's dust sweeps
lung capacity limited diving beneath the surface
becoming an inescapable challenging purpose
regained presumed lost boldness
embracing reincarnated coldness

almost elusive limpid rising bubbles
next to their spouses with icy troubles
floating between those curved rounded lines
the diver followed their directional signs
most frigid fifty-meter-long underwater world
reveals unexpected hidden heat unfurled
displaying the disclosure of polar deliverance
offering his unbelievable life fulfilling ambiance

©Ellie Daphne


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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 15, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, February 15, 2013


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