Fish In The Water and The Keep

[This was originally posted on 30PoemsIn30Days.org]

The Fish and The Keep

Sil joined us that year
when her family moved near.
Just like us
Yet somehow different.

The glow of her eyes
and how she surprised
us, held us in wonder
and merriment.

Fish in the water,
Fish in the water,
How do they seem so thirsty?
Love is everywhere!floating_boating

She had ways of knowing
of comings and goings,
of life and of love,
and of dreams.

While we were naive
in her we’d believe
and she’d share
of the depths of life’s streams.

Fish in the water,
Fish in the water,
How do they seem so thirsty?
Love is everywhere!

She’s witnessed such sights
She lead us through nights
of adventures
with giggles and shakes.

Where stars floating under us
Inspired our chorus
while the ripples fanned out
from our wakes.

Fish in the water,
Fish in the water,
How do they seem so thirsty?
Love is everywhere!

We floated with tides
While enjoying our rides
Her eyes leading
to her distant star.

The weeds under boat
seemed to hold us afloat
as we’d drift searching
for the near, yet afar

Fish in the water,
Fish in the water,
How do they seem so thirsty?
Love is everywhere!

It was on one such lark
a deep midnight dark
that she first told us of it –
The Keep with its key to all joy.

There is something, she said
which turns life on its head
and will set you all afire
The Keep with its key to all joy.

Fish in the water,
Fish in the water,
How do they seem so thirsty?
Love is everywhere!

We set out the next day
in the usual way
with Loo at the gee-pole
and three of us aft.

Sil had drawn in her sleep
a map to The Keep,
cosmic white hole
and source of all laughs.

Fish in the water,
Fish in the water,
How do they seem so thirsty?
Love is everywhere!

She said we were near
the place magic and dear
that was soon
coming up just below us.

With our hearts open wide
we looked over the side
and saw that The Keep
was within us.

Fish in the water,
Fish in the water,
How do they seem so thirsty?
Love is everywhere!

– – –

This originally was written for 30 poems in 30 days, who inspired writers to try ballads involving ideas of water. Seeing this photo of free-floating, fun-loving children, it evoked thoughts of a treasure hunt to find the ineffable and wonderful something which ends up being deeply inside each of us.

Some of you may be familiar with the DUP/Dances of Universal Peace lyric – fish in the water ain’t thirsty! The Sufi mystic and poet Kabir laughingly challenges us to take a closer look at all our seeking. Might we go to Calcutta or Tibet, from one lover to the next, dress or act oh-so-holy; the results will be the same. We’re so deeply engrained with love and miracles around us that they may sometimes be seem hard to see.

Wherever we seek, may we enjoy our journey, even if it takes us back to where we began, within ourselves. (and it will)

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