A new blogstory by American writer Jarid Manos
Fear & Loving: Where Sea Level Meets the Deep — a non-profit literary project of Great Plains Restoration Council.
An urban chronicle of life at sea level and in the oceans before climate change hits hard.
BEGINNING OF PART ONE
January 1, 2014
Sometimes at night I’m sitting on the white silt bottom of the ocean some 50 or 60 feet deep, waaay deeper than I’ve ever gone; the blue water is dusky almost dark from the depth. My veins are racing; with my gut I tamp down a fear that could become feral. I can see nothing but the blue and black, and this beam or shaft of yellow sunlight impossibly penetrating all the way down yet lifting like the tail of a passing tornado. I can feel its force, its sidewall is pulling at me. I get caught — it pulls me up through the water to the glassy underbottom surface. And I always wake up before I hit. I imagine the surface shatters like glass, like water, and there is bright daylight…