Jason deCaires Taylor, Sculptured Figure from La Evolucion Silenciosa
© Jason deCaires Taylor
The Host of Water
Eden was never a garden
of stone, Adam never bolted
to a nightly sea bed, and that snake
never could be charmed by fire
worms or shoals of parrot fish.
But Eve, red coral wrapped
about her feet, is anchored now,
lone among the hundreds
that have gone down with her
in darkness to turn her face up
to the shimmery surface light
and accept the host of water.
© 2012 Maureen E. Doallas
This poem is my response to today's photo prompt at Magpie Tales, which features the image of one of more than 400 life-size figures comprising artist Jason deCaires Taylor's underwater sculpture installation La Evolucion Silenciosa (The Silent Evolution), an environmental public art project in Mexican waters intended to promote the recovery of coral life in the ocean. Read more about deCaires Taylor's underwater museum here. Additional images of the extraordinary project are here.
Write your own poem or flash fiction response to the prompt, using the image provided, then go here to add your own link and to read and comment on the other participants' contributions.