Old weathered wood, and stone sluice from 100 years ago,
walls cracks wild greens
Wide water flanked by woonboots.
sun low and bright,
autumn gold glow.
Further, brick houses and copper beeches
Turning around: blue sky, wide white pivot bridge, munt gebouw, modern offices —
all mirrored in liquid I move with my limbs
People on decks absorbing light
bicycles speeding across the bridge
no one in the water but me,
I breaststroke, see my hands swoop under the surface,
a small wake forming behind me
I am in the center, surrounded by houses, people, the five elements, yet
safely in the middle. The thick boundary of water
cushions me from the nervous land.