What Would Li Po Say?
Why do you watch the koi swim
in smooth circles, playing
peek-a-boo with the lily pads?
It’s only a small pond, trimmed
in blue tile, not a crystal ball
to help you decide what to do.
They do this all day, but, you
have no spare time to stall
which way you’ll choose.
Another blood-orange, tired leaf
spirals down from the maple,
dances on the cold water.
Here by the kitchen window, I plunge
my hands into the dish suds, briefly
consider coming out to join you.
Instead, I watch you watch the fish
shimmer like the MRI back-lit, the scan
circling your mind now like your koi.
I believe Li Po would tell you to get out of the kitchen (great title)
I think he might, Gaby!
Wow. That last stanza, the MRI, is pretty ominous. Hope all is well.
Ominous it is. Me, observing a friend. And yes, all is well with me!
Love the turn in the last stanza and how fear is circling like the koi. Really ties the poem together!
Thanks! The koi circle seemingly endlessly, like thoughts, both good and bad.
The movements — fish, hands — really accent the movement of the thoughts. Powerful poem.
Thank you, Libby! The fish in the pond, the hands in the sudsy water, all moving like the thoughts in the woman’s mind as imagined by a friend who is observing.
really captures the moment, li po would say bravo
I think we all say “well done.” The narrator’s hands in the dish water grounds the poem.
Dear talented Cousin Shelda,
Oh, how I wish I could just be there right this very minute to give you lots of hugs and kisses to celebrate yet another wonderful poem from your beautiful mind!!! I am so blessed to have you for my cousin!! 💕