Mostly Water

by Sandy Carlson
Their grey bodies curve with the grey waves.
Dolphins negotiate water by 
Becoming it, though they draw breath from 
The blue space between heaven and earth,
Weaving sky and water into a 
Living fabric, each breath a thread, each stream 
Of bubbles, a seam.
                            A Cuban boy 
Dropped through the mesh, an ungainly pup.
Dolphins taught him to breathe, bringing him 
To the surface of the grey water
Between Cuba and Miami. He 
Said-he was five at the time-they kept 
Him alive.
                   Some folks called it magic.

 2002 by Sandy Carlson. All rights reserved.