A Fisherman of Words.
They come to me like drunken butterflies
That dance and flash before my eyes
Images, imagined and yet so real
I can reach out and almost feel.
A word, a phrase, a half forgotten line
It may not even be one of mine
Of a half forgotten dream
Or some long abandoned scheme.
A breath that lingers in the air
That no one else can hear
The faintest whisper in my ears
An echo before it disappears.
Leaving no trace
Of a long forgotten face
A shimmer on the cosmic surface
Of another time, another place.
Like scattered leaves on the breeze
I struggle to capture and to seize
To gather them, like a kingfisher on the wing
Each one a jewel, a sparkling shiny thing.
And so I must follow, I have no choice
To let them be heard, I must lend to them my voice
To bring them to life even for a little while
To create a memory, a tear, a smile.
A Fisherman of Words is what I have become
A Catcher of Dreams at the setting of the Sun
A Weaver of Tales under the Moon’s soft light
A Dancer of Hope beneath the Stars so bright.
C Denis Murphy 28 February 2022.