"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
Khalil Gibran

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Conversations with Water

Water swallows up the earth, extinguishes the flame, ascends on high, and by stretching forth as clouds challenges the heavens for their own, and the same falling down, becomes the cause of all things that grow in the earth.
Pliny

Artist Unknown


XIV

Three old men sat on a bridge
contemplating the water’s direction of flow.
The magician spoke: “It is from this
elemental purification,
that our emotional reality is revealed.
Let us fill our cups.”
The second man stroked his gnarled beard
and remarked, “Let us follow
the course of least resistance,” and returned
to his hermitage.
But the disgraced president
drew out a blue fish on a handline,
for he had baited a hidden hook
with the other men’s worms.


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Michael is hosting Get Listed ~ April Ain't Fooling in the Imaginary Garden.


9 comments:

  1. Oh WOW! That blue fish, caught with the other men's worms. Brilliant, Kerry!

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  2. Yowza!!❤️ I love the brilliant closing on this one, Kerry!

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  3. Sounds familiar... Great take on the prompt!

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  4. A modern fable indeed. Nicely done.

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  5. Great message. (holds true for many times, people and nations)

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  6. Clever thoughts Kerry! You struck the truth in many instances even right now with all the twitter messages flying all over!

    Hank

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  7. your modern twist - a true Grim, as it were - is both satisfying and appalling. thanks as ever for all you do, and for adding your pen ~

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  8. Yes that last line's a killer – but it's all very intriguing.

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