You’re a quick study,
which is necessary for survival,
but one day you learn
there are no real nightmares,
just the things that never end,
bindings on your ankles,
tossed over,
no need for a shipwreck or sinking
when it’s you
dropping below the surface,
air bubbles crawling
across your face
like see-through spiders
frightened for themselves,
boulders belching up murk,
seaweed hair waving Hello,
waving Goodbye,
while the white bones
of some fish float by
like a broken alphabet
spelling out the question
What took you so long?

Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State and the author of four books, most recently the story collection, This is Why I Need You, out now from Ravenna Press. You can find more of his writing at

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