First some definitions :
Surface tension: a fine film on the surface of the water
Waterboatmen/ water striders : small insects such as waterboatmen can ‘walk on water’ because their weight is not enough to penetrate the water.
Poem : I watch the Waterboatmen
They skim with grace, darting freely along
Held up by the magic of surface tension.
I must be — busy — busy — busy
I must hurry, I’m late for whatever keeps me busy.
Need to spin my own surface tension,
Or, I will sink, oh no, I will drop beneath the surface,
into the dark depths of the water.
Into a realisation of my own mortality.
One glimpse is enough, just now, thank-you
Enough to know that it’s there.