From four floors above her
a beautiful woman,
aligned in naked feet and legs,
bare arms, pale cap,
and with no nipples to betray her surface,
can be seen standing
before a swimming pool
wide as long.
She will never have a better lover, waiting.
She slips in and begins to crawl
with a stretching imperfect stroke
rising and falling, not stopping.
I am drinking soup.
The slight salt on my tongue
suggests the sea
or the visible space
between her lips.
She is rounded and thin,
Delicious and of the water
completely. The near wall stops her
and she turns
as in breech before continuing,
now on her back
a new position in your manual.
calves and thighs turning the water
white around her,
confetti in a thousand thoughts,
separate and combined like each part
of her cyborg body, all endoskeleton,
feet pumping, while her long arms
meet above her encapsulated head
as fingers gently join.
Only her face is completely still
beneath this made-bald head
and I look at her
in ways you cannot.
My own lover,
a swimmer also,
is far away, asleep
in an early Texas morning.
End to end, there are more than
a hundred and fifty thousand
Olympic pools between Oratava and Austin.
I would swim each one.
Puerto de la Cruz
June 19th, 2010