Navy Boy

My boy is a proud navy diver, every time he books in with his dive mask
nobility awaits, oceans he would conquer
to attain his lieutenant status

He would boast of the lives he had saved at sea, the men he would train
to become strong swimmers, their back and arm muscles
flexing unreservedly, skin glistening in their homage to the nation

But my boy will come back to me with sea-salt in his eyes
his movements like a freed fish back in its habitat after
captivity,            making            its            way            to
                                                                                                            air

He would slither out of his wetsuit and into my embrace
his bronzed skin worshipped for another reason, his muscles shredded of secrecy
how he would dive for my torso and work for his hard-earned brine

I am what            keeps            him            afloat            at
                                                                                                            sea

Lee Chong Ming is a Master’s student reading English Literature at the National University of Singapore. His poems have appeared in the anthology SG Poems 2015-2016 and online poetry journal SOFTBLOW, and won First Prize at the NUS Creative Writing Competition 2017. When he is not reading or writing, he enjoys playing the trumpet, watching films, and doing HIIT workouts. He tweets at @chongminglee and shares Instagram pictures on @chongmingg.

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