my analyst would have seen a green light
- were it a watery dream;
leaping fish in a passion's swell
a deep-sea dive over the dam
but it was no waking fancy
Autumn rain, shoals of glitter-ball
frantically feeling a way to the sea;
how still we stood, in thrall to it all
the storm that sent us sheltering there
beat the boundary walls
water everywhere like the poem, a hymn
to land lovers far from peril in the deep
breathing to a two-stroke rhythm
no occasion for snorkel or scuba tank
safe in the aquarium
Joining with the versifying at Poetry Pantry
30 thoughts on “Aquarium”
It seems to me like the aquarium is a metaphor for a rationalized past….
and as it was not dream – the present perhaps too?!
This is soo intriguing..!! I must try this some time 😀
the format sets the mood – and here’s how I make them
What a wonderful idea -Polaroid poem – the words and image really submerged us in that setting..a brief..magical moment captured in time
perceptive as always Jae Rose – thank you
a beautiful setting indeed..”..shoals of glitter-ball / frantically feeling a way to the sea;”..love this…
thank you Sumana – their movements are both sparkling and maniacal – lovely to watch but also witnessing some distress it seems
We all live in our aquariums yet pity the fish as at Bournemouth! Freedom is relative to the captivity we enjoy. Perhaps this is why we do dangerous things.
frying pan to fire comes to mind – interesting comment
Your poem submerged me in thought,Laura. One to dive into and look at life from a place of safety inside that aquarium! A very interesting form.
thank you Mary for your aquatic views!
This is an intriguing form, indeed. I especially love “in thrall to it all”, and the vivid imagery.
wasn’t sure of that double rhyme Sherry so thank you!
I love that aquarium paradox–the surround of water–and rain as well–and yet total safety and therefore enthrallment. It is an amazing photo!
looking for that place between the outside and the inside of the glass box – astute comment Susan – thank you
Love the form Laura…intriguing metaphor that aquarium….perhaps it is a safe place but a trap as well…I think I would be diving over the dam.
the protagonist has many fears Donna – beyond the dam is the great unknown! 🙂
I like the dream like language that portrays a non-dream. Wonderfully fluid with great imagery,
– thank you for this summation – it’s what I aimed for but could not have put it so fluidly
This felt like a dream. The therapist, the water, the nostalgia, the danger, then the safety of the fish tank. I like the form. It seems like it mixes reality with some humor.
thank you – the light touch of a smile will keep these retrospectives from being too dark
i was thinking about a present storm – literally / figuratively.
is bournemouth in UK? i’ve been to bournemouth once – i liked the place and blog about it before.
the storm is a good metaphor -real or imaginary. And yes Bournemouth is on our Southcoast – literally means mouth of the river (bourne)
A literal trip being analyzed, I think that would interesting to see.
a thin veil between the waking and the dream world I imagine!
for those in peril …
indeed – a favourite hymn with an undertow of fear of water!
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