The fish swims,
Back and forth.
Foraging, finding food.
Tasty food, interesting food.
Nearby, dolphins play.
They have eaten their fill,
And they play games.
In pairs they jump
High above the surace,
Where the fish can't go.
See those dolphins,
Don't you want to jump so high?
You were a dophin for a while,
I can see it in your almost playful smile.
What heights did you reach, fish?
And why did you go back
To being a fish?
Oh, beautiful fish!
Come, let's see how high we can jump!
Just glide quietly under the surface,
Two parallel lines.
But your blood isn't warm enough
For the great sweeps of the tail.
Cold blood, cold!
Keeps you in the cold, thick water.
I wanted to warm your blood,
To see that broad dolphin grin,
But I guess I'm just another fish.
Leave your eggs by that rock there
February 18, 1993