Listen to the Water Dreaming

He walked out from the jungle
to the white shore at dawn
the turquoise sea was a mirror of glass,
reflecting the cloudless blue sky above
All was still when he waded in,
the water received him
he paused to release any sense
of himself, then went under
How long was he submerged,
nobody was there with a watch
to tell, nobody was watching at all,
the sun rose without a sound
After a while, a gentle movement
of the waves, rippling softly
and forth in a mesmerizing pattern
no sign of him yet
it’s alright, yes
Below the surface, a starfish
was contemplating its next move
north, south, east, west –
no difference, just the feeling of being
This is not a dream, nobody can say
what it is, nobody knows
perhaps if they were elsewhere,
this would not even be happening
We are all here, our heads are just below
the surface, calm
if we were to stand up,
we could see right out to the horizon
Instead, we remain submerged
it is warm here, quiet
nobody says a word,
it is better that way, this silence
We seem to make choices,
and maybe we are like the starfish
in more ways than we know,
now he emerges from the water
He is holding a shell in his hands,
it has been smoothly polished
by the hands of water
he is water now, we are all water,
dissolving back into ourselves,
holding a shell up to our ear,


(Picture by Simone Vela)


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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