Sweet Water: Transformations



At the age of nineteen

I was in the Red Sea

with my first girlfriend.


We swam for many hours

and then hired a small boat

with another eight strangers

to travel to an island.


Our skin had cracks all over

due to the sea salt

as we did not find fresh water

to have a proper shower.


My ex-girlfriend,

who is now an Italian Diplomat

in Zimbabwe, still remembers

these moments.


From the middle of the waves

the God of the Sea appeared

with his massive sword and spear


He threatened everyone

to keep silent otherwise

he would divide the sea.


Everyone dived off the boat

and swam deep, turning

into mermaids and mermen,


and discussed the best way

to respond to the sea god.

We all agreed to pray for a moment


and send a representatives

to speak to the God of The Sea.

These were algae and shark.