Send a bucket into a well
of spiritual, emotional sensitivity
and come up dry
Launch from a crumbling riverbank
into a cruising current of psychoanalytical insight
swarming with scaly, slippery schools
and go bruising over the cataracts,
fearful but splashed with faith.
Open your eyes under a raincloud
of anxiety about the future
and feel it wash your mouth out
and soak your big hair down.
Jump into the wild sideways wave,
the salt of “self-discovery” in the modern world
quickly burning in your sunburn;
coming up gasping,