Sunlight flickers on the surface above.
The mottled steel capsule drops steadily, reaching for the abyss.
Daylight begins its waning surrender.
The sound of breath rises, gradually replacing the din left to the world above.
These waters are unfamiliar.
Ambient whispers of an invisible pressure accompany the steady descent.
Darkness blooms in sinister elegance around the bell.
The depths trespass, gifting an unrelenting solitude.
Falling slowly into the void.
Finally, blackness reigns supreme.
It is time.
The gravity drawn plunge slows to a halt.
The opening in the floor of the bell reveals an endless universe…of nothingness.
The need for this venture seemed so urgent at the outset; born in more familiar, purgatory-like surroundings.
The life support apparatus engages with a hiss.
I lower slowly from the security of the diving bell perch into the icy depths.
In search of the birthplace of my soul.