"A ninja's maskèd face," texts my daughter, helpfully, from her senior trip. This is the first year she hasn't been here to give me various suggestions that make me laugh.
"The abyss," says my husband.
But no. She seized a paddle, so I don't see any alternative to my line. As always when I'm stuck, I looked at lots of photos, and then wrote a line that's a rush of details, what she first sees, all at once, through those turquoise eyes as she's lifted up...
She lives without a net, walking along the alluvium of the delta.
Shoes swing over her shoulder, on her bare feet stick jeweled flecks of dark mica.
Hands faster than fish swing at the ends of bare brown arms. Her hair flows,
snows in wild wind as she digs in the indigo varnished handbag,
pulls out her grandmother’s oval cuffed bracelet,
strokes the turquoise stones, and steps through the curved doorway.
Tripping on her tail she slips hair first down the slide… splash!
She glides past glossy water hyacinth to shimmer with a school of shad,
listens to the ibises roosting in the trees of the cypress swamp–
an echo of Grandmother’s words, still fresh in her windswept memory.
Born from the oyster, expect the pearl.
Reach for the rainbow reflection on the smallest dewdrop.
The surface glistens, a shadow slips above her head, a paddle dips–
she reaches, seizes. She’s electric energy and turquoise eyes.
Lifted high, she gulps strange air - stares clearly into
Green pirogue, crawfish trap, startled fisherman
Here is some of my research: pirogues, crawfish traps, Louisiana Folklife, and oh you guys, look at this article about rescue in a pirogue. Overkill for a line that ended up being only six words? Yes, that's how I roll.
Take it away, Buffy!