I became stiff with stillness
bones rent apart from waiting
the elements holding together
the lifeforce tears asunder

death is ruthlessly undignified
there’s nothing pretty
about falling apart
to be rendered dust
for another with this sense
of I am to come
back from the well
deep like time
not my face, but this seed nestled
bursts forth new growth
suffering blooms
from a hole in space
a need, a want, a belief
there I am diving again
freestyle holding this breath

this one dive
submerged in life
checking for markers
the vicissitudes compound
where do I end
where do I begin