A coral reef
You are too beautiful to contain my breath.
I will expire
Trying to breathe this water of life
Ocean manifest for gods and angels.
The pilot whale swims an orphan
In joyous company. Oh my Chelonia,
You surface for air and sun. With my finger near
Your heart and ear, shivering fin brushes my arm
I am shaking with neuronic lightening,
Again you are there, and I cannot breathe
When I feel you touch the cays so fast and full
Bleeding, and you rise trembling from your seat
To heaven’s throne, not a place on earth may you rest.
Too beautiful to hold me or thee,
We will die from holy fire.
As all your breakers wash over me.
As deep calls to deep.
© Anna Mosby Coleman
Zoology note: Chelonia mydas is the latin name for the green sea turtle.