ponders the mariner (but still the sun burns)

If there were water
And no rock
If there were rock
And also water
And water
A spring
A pool among the rock
If there were the sound of water only
Not the cicada
And dry grass singing
But sound of water over a rock
Where the hermit-thrush sings in the pine trees
Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop
But there is no water


what if they had remained
where they were
while the ocean
was still composed
of water

what if
he had not pursued
so relentlessly . . .

though that
was not
a one-sided

for he knew
in his heart
that he had been

what if he
had realized
the true nature
of that pursuit
much earlier

aligned –
perhaps –
the two mirror glasses
to establish
the single image

the true

and what if . . .

and what

it could all
be different
if . . .

but the changes –
as they came –
had been subtle

the transformation
from salt and water
and to sand . . .


they were the only
and water
merely a reference point
in history

could it
have been
different . . .

he was unable
to decide

but days passed
while he pondered

and the sun
to burn


I’ve been captured by the tale of the mariner and the white whale, to the point where I think they will drive this project – for the main part – the rest of the way to home.

In coming days or weeks I’ll also post about the future of this blog. In essence, I think I will cease posting to it at the end of this calendar year, in favour of working more out of my www.FrankPrem.com site.

More on that later.

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