Theme: Perception


It might not be impossible to put a life together
out of perfect days. You would have a mountain with some weather
for a backdrop, and then pile up earth in delicately-moulded
lesser mountains between lodge and tea house, easier to conquer
on your way. A stream would count its beads off mossy boulders
as it wandered nowhere among ponds, with clouds of irises
and bridges sailing off to see which took the longer,
path or water; tonsured pines paint shadow stepping-stones
on needles; and you could dress your daughter like a bird of paradise
and have her stroll there with her parasol. But it only
takes a single carp to come up and uncoil a spool
of rainbows on the surface, for the rest of life to be the pool.


More By  :  Nicholas Messenger

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