Friday, May 1, 2009

The Fish/David Shumate

The Fish by David Shumate from THE FLOATING BRIDGE

My wife draws a picture of a fish to remind me to go to
the market
and leaves it by the bed. It is a healthy fish.
One you might find in
an encyclopedia to represent its
species. A trout, perhaps. It is
smiling. As if the world
were pleasantly disposed to its kind. As if
it has just
spoken with a deity and knows that things are going
work out fine. Soon it will come upon a greater sea.
Insects will
sacrifice themselves to its cause. Other
beasts will strive to be like
it. This morning it has
discovered, hidden somewhere near its
heart, the soul
it always suspected it had. It has visited there twice

already. It is like swimming in the air. A thousand rivers
to choose
from. An eternity of waters. It is quite
a remarkable fish.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! I've never heard of the Floating Bridge before. Lovely words--thank you for sharing them with us, MeKeel! ((hugs))