American Life in Poetry: Night Dive
By Ted Kooser
Peggy Shumaker lives in Alaska, but she gets around the world. Here she takes us with her on a ninety-foot dive into colorful mid-Pacific waters.
Plankton rise toward the full moon
spread thin on Wakaya's surface.
Manta rays' great curls of jaw
scoop backward somersaults of ocean
in through painted caves of their mouths, out
through sliced gills. Red sea fans
pulse. The leopard shark
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