It is on dry sunny days like this one that I find myself thinking about the enormous body of water that lies under this house, cool, unseen reservoir, silent except for the sounds of dripping and the incalculable shifting
of all the heavy darkness that it holds.
This is the water that our well was dug to sip and lift to where we live, water drawn up and falling on our bare shoulders, water filling the inlets of our mouths,
water in a pot on the stove.
The house is nothing now but a blueprint of pipes, a network of faucets, nozzles, and spigots, and even outdoors where light pierces the air and clouds fly over the canopies of trees, my thoughts flow underground
trying to imagine the cavernous scene.
Surely it is no pool with a colored ball floating on the blue surface. No grotto where a king would have his guests rowed around in swan-shaped boats. Between the dark lakes where the dark rivers flow there is no ferry waiting on the shore of rock and no man holding a long oar, ready to take your last coin.
This is the real earth and the real water it contains.
But some nights, I must tell you, I go down there after everyone has fallen asleep. I swim back and forth in the echoing blackness. I sing a love song as well as I can, lost for a while in the home of the rain.