Collected Poems of John Holmes
Holmes, John A., Jr.
Deep in sunny silvery water,
Sandy bottom down below,
You are plunging, all your body
Bare, and white as snow.
One arm held downward from your face,
Easy as a thought you swim
In that clear underwater world,
Stretching, curving, smooth, and slim.
Now like a slender spear released
You feel cool water stream
Past your breast, and water-broken
Sunlight on your shoulder gleam.
Liquid-clear the water swirls
Behind you as you glide,
And yields like air and pours
Cool along your side.
From your knees the bubbles break
In upward showers of light,
And all around your head the hair
Is floating long and bright.