This set of diving exercises is set in the past. It pertains to “Our Youth” in the poem of the same name by Gilles Hénault.
like fools we dove again in seas
of grief where twist the coral spines
of our cruel philosophies
Translated by Fred Cogswell and collected in One Hundred Poems of Modern Quebec.
What strikes me is the very physicality of diving being paired with the consequences of mental activity or philosophizing. And the sound! coral spines echoed by cruel philosophies — the lips form the same shapes — taking a breath and exhaling on the ascent back to the surface —
And so for day 2186