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Diver Down

by Chris Sorrenti

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the ritual begins anew
no complaint
as to its repeatedness

empty entire contents
of the tiny baggy
onto the custom cut sheet of glass
unnecessary to tell you
in the hurry
this unwritten prescription will accept
no excuses for delay

with a credit card
crush and cut the powder
as finely as possible
before pulling forward
in a straight line
enough to catch
that first fast boat out of town

roll a yellow sticky tight as possible
with the glue edge sealing the effort
carefully inserting one end
into your clearest nostril
as far as it will go
then lean forward
into that shimmering white whirlpool
hold the other nostril closed
inhale in one burst
to attain maximum thrust

with the package now dripping
down the back of your throat
see how quickly the powder excites
as well as numbs

yes the diver may be down
but not for very long

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Posted on 08/10/2008
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 08/10/08 at 09:06 PM

...top drawer metaphor chris, i've heard them say they want to be smart but i tell 'em they'll have to put that formaldahyde joint down...serious work here.

Posted by Brian Francis on 08/11/08 at 02:38 PM

Yep that is the way it was done. Can't say I miss the stupidity too much. Great work with the diver symbolism. Well said. -bf

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/13/08 at 01:59 AM

Chillingly vivid! Tragically real!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/13/08 at 04:38 PM

I've no first-hand knowledge of this, still - the kids I work with at the Center do. They're trying to get their lives back. Chris, this is very gripping. The title couldn't be more perfect!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/13/08 at 04:40 PM

PS I'd like to share this with them tonight. It's diving directly into my favorites, too.

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 08/14/08 at 12:07 PM

maybe it's just me, but i really think it depends on how deep the diver is...some of them never seem to come up...

Posted by Matthew Zangen on 12/14/08 at 07:35 AM

Holy--...yeesh. This is just too relatable for comfort, but so perfectly rendered. The tempo and length of the piece well fit the brilliant metaphor. I wish this didn't have to be explicit here so I could vote it for PotD; you've got such an extreme pro-tone that could chill anyone out of even a freeze--pun half-intended--but the overall success of this poem is undeniable. Awesome work, man.

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