Poetry: “Ocean Meditation”

Breathe out and you sink silently

Zen breathing, a calm mantra

In the clear blue, life is living

It matters not that you are watching

Zen breathing, a calm mantra

Slick silver scales scatter light

It matters not that you are watching

Down in the depths where vision fades

Sparkle silver scales scatter light

Drop your ring here, forget where it will lie

Down in the depths where vision fades

Some lonely monster will swallow your past

Drop your ring here, forget where it will lie

Colours cloak your present in glory

Some lonely monster will swallow your past

See how these tiny worlds survive

Colours cloak your present in glory

Look closer and see the universe in motion

See how these tiny worlds survive

You are more important that the least of these

Look closer and see the universe in motion

In the clear blue, life is living

You are more important than the least of these

Breathe out and you sink silently

Joanna Penn (2005)

This poem is a pantoum, a form of poetry that repeats certain lines in a particular order. It attempts to explain how scuba diving is a form of meditation for me. I took the picture below on a dive in New Zealand – I think it conveys the same sense of peace. Scuba diving can also teach you valuable lessons about writing.

Schooling Koheru at the Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand

Schooling Koheru at the Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand

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