One day, after the swelling in my knee had lessened/I found myself looking through one of those six foot wide sliders/at the hundred degree world outside/wondering what to do with my time.
I remembered a phrase I’d heard long ago/on the hottest days of summer/when I worked outdoors/for the railroad.
“Looks hotter than a two peckered billy goat out their today, doesn’t it kid?”
But, it didn’t stop us from working.
So I took the plunge into the hot zone/deciding to redirect two water jets along the side walls of the pool/ (a foot and a half below the surface of the water) to a sharper downward angle/algae on the bottom pushed toward the drainage pipe/at the far end of the pool.
What could be easier work/for a man two and a half weeks after total knee replacement surgery?
After returning from the tool box with a short, regular head screwdriver/I knelt on one knee, my bad knee thrust straight back.
Leaning over the edge of the pool/I guided the screwdriver into the eye of the nozzle/wedged it against the insides wall/and gently turned.
When the jet’s ‘eye’ cracked loose/I cranked it downward to the left.
When the surface turbulence above the jet disappeared/a shadow world of spinning galaxies/black holes appeared from nothingness/their forms wandering aimlessly/hastening destruction or reforming forms torn apart/circles growing tails inside revolving shadows/subtle shadings of waves WITHIN the water clearly seen/patterns changing always changing/light absorbed from the sun cast down/onto the bottom of the pool/a photographic negative revealing details; moving shadows clear as night/the interplay of sunlit water, air, blue sky earth and liquid space had emerged.
Wow! An invisible world becoming visible for me to see/all because I moved a water jet!
How wonderful the world can be!
Then I wondered. Am I taking too much percoset?
It didn’t matter. One more jet to adjust. We’ll see how it works!