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

updated 5/7/2017