Angle to Key West: Black Water (4/2)

Pink Sunrise

Near Ponce Inlet, FL – April 2, 2013

I like the stillness of night. Everything goes calm. Boats disappear into marinas, the wind rests, buildings fade into points of light.

I feel stronger, like my body celebrates the hundred victories and losses of the day by burning the last reserves in a giant fire. Muscles loosen, joints quit aching, and my mind goes clear.

It never lasts long, an hour or two and a new exhaustion takes over, fiercer than any in the day, but for a moment, every movement is easy and I relish the black water of night.

I feel connected to the black water in the darkness. I can’t look and see, I have to feel. I notice the little ripples. I hear the burst of breath from dolphins. I sense the swirls of an outgoing tide.

I even feel the Atlantic, huge and heavy across a thin strip of land that breaks open where a lighthouse flashes in the night. Six white bursts every few seconds. I know the ocean is there. I feel it like gravity, this huge vastness pulling at me in the dark, disturbing the water, making it boil and swirl underneath my bow.

I slip past the opening and onto an island, knowing my fire burns low, exhaustion is coming, and my time is almost up.

3 thoughts on “Angle to Key West: Black Water (4/2)

  1. Daniel, we so enjoy the honest and beautiful way you convey in words and pictures the unique perspective on nature and your experience that you share with your readers.

  2. How beautiful that you have become comfortable on the ocean surface at night. This sensing of it that you describe has a beauty all its own.

  3. You are so right about the calmness and peace of the evening before dark. But, how can you stay calm when you don’t know where you are going to sleep yet this night?

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