There’s more ocean in fish than fish in the ocean…
Nature is wise, but Mankind… just bumbling fools.
Learn from the living, watch water in motion,
Don’t waste your time staring at small stagnant pools.
Fish are content to live their life in water,
Water is after all their life’s element.
There’s no need for them to be an “achiever,”
Living, staying alive… that’s accomplishment.
But there was one fish wanting something “better”,
He wanted “achievement,” he wanted a “first.”
He leapt out of water, fins in quick flutter,
Taking fast to the sky… but soon died of thirst…
© P. J. Oszmann (2003 inspired by a Sufi teaching tale.)
Illustration by Carrie Glenn ©
By the kind permission of the artist
I recently discovered this very talented and accomplished young artist through a fortuitous “misunderstanding.”
Having clarified the misapprehension through email correspondence, she gave me her permission to use her illustration for my poem.
I am truly grateful for her kind consent.
I am updating this poem for the sole purpose of bringing her illustrative and artistic talentl to the attention of fellow authors and readers.
Please visit her website at the above address and also at www.lulu.com (Search Carrie Glenn under Artwork)