NaPoWriMo 2022 day 15

Watching a Coral Reef on YouTube 

The cats and I are fascinated by stripes, speckles, electric blue & yellow, drifting orange, waving pearlescent white, golden dots, glowing eyes under rocks. We are voyeurs to underwater acrobatics, ballets of flipping fins, action chases in invisible undertows, the rhythmic pulse of ghostly tentacles. The cats twitch their whiskers, flip their tails, eyes widened in hypnotic stares while I fall deeper and deeper into a loose-jointed calm, surrendering to my own undertow.

The colors in this piece immediately reminded me of videos I’ve watched of coral reefs and tropical fish. Thanks to artist Anjum Wasim Dar and Paul Brookes of The Wombwell Rainbow for this lovely prompt.


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