Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Fisheye Lenses"

This poem is from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "ocean" square in my 9-1-17 card for the Pirate Fest Bingo.

"Fisheye Lenses"

Sometimes I sit in front of an aquarium
and imagine what it would be like to be a fish.

The light is golden-green where it shines
through the leaves of the waving plants, and
the water is clear and soft -- except at the edges.
I imagine that fish don't understand glass.

I can't look at a river without
thinking myself into it.

The water here is silken and twisted,
skeins of current running fast and slow,
the taste of home pulling salmon upstream
like a silver fishhook without a barb.

Whenever I see the ocean,
I remember the fish within it.

Color becomes meaning,
and life requires motion;
every surface is colonized,
incorporated into the ecosystem,
all flotsam and jetsam seen as
fair game, finders keepers,
but I can't help recalling
that this is still litter.

The human body is
a vessel for the spirit, but
it doesn't have to be a cage.

I have learned how to slip out and
see the world through fisheye lenses,
a kind of mental gymnastics that

keeps my soul limber and free.

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