A Thought I Had While Swimming in Kimbe Bay - George Payne

what use is the proper
use of human beings

to chase after each other
like children do dragonflies

to devote ourselves to each other
like carved idols on a totem pole

to unlock each other’s mysteries
like keys forged in an abandoned foundry

to be extreme with each other
like we see on television

to be tornados in each other’s path
like those who grip the tail of a monster

or is it to swim with each other, in immense
blackness, as if we are eels bobbing in the reefs

George Cassidy Payne is an essayist and poet from Rochester, New York. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, MORIA Poetry Journal, Chronogram Magazine, Ampersand Literary Review, Allegro, Red Porch Review, Tea House, The Angle at St. John Fisher College and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, The Buffalo News, Syracuse Post Standard, and Rochester City Newspaper.