beneath the surface
under the glass
of Frederick Sound
water teems with life subliminal.
a sudden, rolling lurch of humpback
onto its back: its slender, lower
jaw lifted to net throngs of tiny prey,
(noticed only as sparkling, popping
dimples in water) is followed
by a slide along the roiling plane
(the disrupted sliver where liquid/gas meet/separate)
and tail flops into a slow,
post-gulp submersion, prior to
another fulfilling breach into air.
Copyright James Phoenix 2017