Laiakini Waqanisau

(Suva, Fiji)

Floating On The Dead Sea


Oh what sight to see the Dead Sea
So clear and glimmering in the Sun
You will float on this dense space of water
On your tummy or your back
You will float on a sea of minerals
Packed with salts and black mud
Which you can paint on your body
To purify your mind in space and time
When you are done with dipping in the sea
A shower with fresh water will soothe you
Trickling the salts from your fragile body
To give you face a new smile
Floating on the Dead Sea
You should do once in a lifetime

Submitted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this poem on a visit to the Dead Sea on the Israel side of the border. It was a fantastic poem and that where this poem came into being. The Dead Sea (Hebrew: יָם הַ‏‏מֶּ‏‏לַ‏ח, Yām HaMélaḥ, 'Sea of Salt', also Hebrew: יָם הַ‏‏מָּוֶת, Yām HaMā́weṯ, 'The Sea of Death'; Arabic: البحر الميت‎ al-Baḥr al-Mayyit) also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Palestine and Israel to the west. Its surface and shores are 427 metres (1,401 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 306 m (1,004 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity (in 2011) , it is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. It is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.
The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great) , and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. People also use the salt and the minerals from the Dead Sea to create cosmetics and herbal sachets. The Dead Sea seawater has a density of 1.240 kg/L, which makes swimming similar to floating.

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