korean female divers
sun kissed bronze
with eyes so black they’re ancient blue
with iridescent hair flowing,
shimmering like seaweed fins
ebony ink underwater.
Sea merchant women,
treasure chest hunters
saving their families from poverty,
female boss providers of seaside villages,
expert excavators navigating
without breathing apparatus*
water nymph goddesses,
they ripple through liquid tunnels
and mysterious sea caves
surfacing like diamond dolphins.
They outshined their men,
capable of more than them,
each plunge is a treasure chest birth
of glorious abalone
sunken jeweled shells open
glistening like music
spelling abstracts under bells
of sonic whales humming stories of the world.
Drifting living islands singing
octave lures of oceanic serenades
that return to rebirth.
Meet the Korean women keeping an ancient seafood tradition alive.
— Read on roadsandkingdoms.com/2017/the-female-free-divers-of-jeju/
*The original Haenyeo divers didn’t have wet suits or breathing apparatus, which is pretty amazing; but modern divers now use them.