This poem is one of a series of poems I wrote about several paintings done by a friend. Poems and paintings went on exhibition at Southwell Minster.
THE ARTIST AND HER FISH
Fling the wide river of life right around the world. Fling it round. Fill it with coral and weed, Whales and whelks and beautiful fish, Fill it with mollusc and minnows and those pearly pink shells You can hear the sound of the sea in. Spill it onto the land. Spill it over, Swooning and singing with the voices of angels, Or the roar of a giant, Or the steady murmuring lisp of a baby falling asleep. Fill it full. Be bountiful. Crab. Lobster. Cockles. Flat fish. Round fish. Jelly fish. Fish with square noses. Sword fish. Dog fish. Cod fish And my beautiful yellow fish. Let them swim In the wide river of life flung around the world.