The regulator circulates oxygen like Darth Vader. 
I am the caveman forehead of garibaldi.                                                                   
Cilium itches from plastic tang.                                                                                  
Fermenting surf churns above but 
only kelp forests manage to sway through Lethe.                                                        
Brine nestles its way through suctioned lips                                                                 
and deadens my tongue from cold.                                                                                          
I look for hidden treasure Amber Capitano entombed                                                     
in the reefs at Avalon, Catalina when she was nine.                                                        
But she has never been to Catalina. She fancies                                                                 
Guns N’ Roses with Fonzie leather jackets and sneaks.                                        
Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games                                                                
I hum in my head to forget the grindylows that grab.                                                
Break their fingers. Listen to the mermaids sing but                                                          
don’t kiss. I call out Holly Olly Oxen Free                                                                          
in seaweed I roll like Play Doh. My tank confesses                                                         
it thirsts for air like my own lungs. Later Amber                                                                 
will tell me to rise like hippocampi.                                                                                     
Cut through water like saber through skin.

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