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
back and forth in a mesmerizing pattern, no sign of him yet

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 for now, 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, listening



(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 several other sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Poetry and Prosetry: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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