Reading an Aquarium


[Poem I wrote when I was thirty seven, thirty years ago.]

Reading an Aquarium

Fish I say being
a part of the cosmic everyday,
glowing water thick as light,
ecstatic bubbles pumping night

a part in the play of God’s crystal
thoughts devilish to decipher,
mulled over monkishly, ever
blurred as through a glass darkly

brackish glory of our need
to desire, net, believe, naming,
as flitting things do not, flaming
sea patterns heralding all

the deadly colours of living
material intelligence, deathless
as mirrors dancing mosaics giving
off dome-shaft light, void-

suspended, centred in the small
prosaic clockwork heart, in-
comprehensible to the very last,
some translucent emblem’s vast.


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on December 21, 2016.

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