Down a Staircase

Paul swam through
a veritable slum.

It was just outside
downtown Atlantis.

Deep sea currents
did little to clean it up.

He entered a hovel
through a hole in the roof.

His air bubbles collected
in the rafters.

Flowered wallpaper
waved as he glided past.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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