“Living Under Water” by Jack Hodil

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You are very deep in an ocean.

If you swim
you can live a full life
while drowning.

You will get married
to a bottlenose dolphin
and wear a coral ring.

You will give birth
to yourself,
but it will be so tiny
that you lose it
in the water.

Your love will die first
and you will be alone.
You are a brave little swimmer.


Jack Hodil is an English major and Creative Writing minor at the University of Richmond. In the past year, his poems have been featured in Word Riot, the Camroc Press Review, Pure Francis, Quantum Poetry Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, the Front Porch Review, and many other lovely places. He finds his feelings too personal, his hands too dangerous, and his feet far too misleading. For more information and poetry, you can just google his name.

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  2. MJ

    Returning to say…this has been saved as the backdrop of my computer since I saw it here. I’ve since read it daily.

  3. Kathleen Troutman

    This should be read aloud to appreciate the combination of words and images. It also has helped me understand what we are all doing.