Winter 1960 – To Become Free of All Care, All Sympathies for Land Bound Men


The surface of the cove glistened with the bodies of jellyfish. They presented a semi transparent rainbow sheen that completely covered the water beneath them. Diego and I rowed slowly through the mass of creatures being careful to keep our hands and arms within the boat. Most of the species around us were unfamiliar to me but, even if a fraction of them were poisonous, that was hazard enough. 

The houseboat that Jacoby had described came into view. Half of it was jammed into an island of mangroves. The other half was partially submerged in the jellyfish soup. A light flickered through one of the sunken windows in the submerged half of the boat.