The Pearl Diver

Sitting opposite a friend,
They ask “Who are you?”

In their eyes
I am reflected.
In this open, trusting gaze,
I can lose “myself”.

The question goes beyond gender,
Beyond nationality,
Beyond the usual definitions provided by society, work, relationship.

The answers come slowly.
They are fished from the depths,
Not skimmed from the surface.

Like a pearl diver,
Taking a deep breath 
I dive down into the unknown.

Straight down
Into the vast silence of my being.

I glimpse the answer.

A feeling.
A flavour.

Beyond words
Beyond mind
Beyond the beyond.

The pearl is in sight.
The essence of my being 
Is here and now.