Poets fish the Night's Oceans:


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    Poets fish the Night's Oceans:

    It is a difficult hunt in waters
    filled with the eternally unseen
    afterimages of things imagined
    sensory echoes of experiences
    bittersweet scent of dreams.

    The water is deep
    heavily salted with tears
    forces anglers time
    and time again back to the surface.

    The plunge brings a proximity to death
    the other side of life’s coin.

    it risks forgetfulness and idle hours
    staring into the currents words leave behind.

    Old friends float
    other anglers greet
    some hold up catches that can fade
    or appear larger in the light.

    These fish cannot sate
    drive the fishers to try again and again
    an addiction
    to hunt the ripples, the after-taste, the hope.

    The quest for what cannot be complete
    for what cannot ever be brought
    truly to the surface whole
    but in parts
    scales that reflect sunlight
    and hold a darkness within.

    So cold now
    and so warm fishing all these years
    they stretch out behind
    like the drying bones of leviathans
    perpetually now at rest
    on the edge of night’s tilted shores.
    Last edited by dannyboy; March 3rd, 2021 at 09:29 PM.

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    I love the analogy, or is it a conceit? All these years holding a 'virtual pen' I never imagined it was a fishing pole. That's great!

    This:

    These fish cannot sate
    drive the fishers to try again and again
    an addiction
    to hunt the ripples, the after-taste, the hope.
    You've really nailed it. An addiction that we can never completely satisfy, only momentarily, then we are back on the water fishing for that next 'big one'. And the ending is perfectly fitting. They do stretch out behind us. Very clever.

    they stretch out behind
    like the drying bones of leviathans
    perpetually now at rest
    on the edge of night’s tilted shores.
    There is no life I know
    To compare with pure imagination.
    Living there you’ll be free
    If you truly wish to be.~ Willy Wonka

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    Some great images created with your words dannyboy. I enjoyed your style in this poem.

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    Thank you both, I must point to Rilke's comment – "We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible” as the inspiration.

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    Yeah, this one is really deep. I especially love the first stanza-it makes you want to keep reading. It's a wonderfully expressive poem with great imagery (I resisted the urge to analyze each and every line )

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    Thank you HH and I for one enjoy your analysis.

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    The poet fishes the night's ocean.
    Danny I am finding no words for it. Every line is so much self explaining,..... all lines are amazing individually, yet so connected to one another.

    Thanks for sharing it here.

    Ritu

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