What an incredible day… am cherishing every moment of family time these days and yesterday was something extra special! So with today being the day after Fathers Day and the first day of National Poetry Week, I thought that I would post a new poem for t.h.e nunn along with a photo he had taken with the one and only Robert Adamson (photo by Cindy keong) at last weekend’s QLD Poetry Festival. To all of you lovers of life & poetry, I hope your week is off to a wonderous beginning!
Thomas and the Fishes
Already he knows the bream, of course;
the flathead – dusky and sand;
the shy silver whiting and leaping mullet;
but he is yet to discover the exotic –
Venus Tuskfish and Harlequin Sweetlip.
In a fishing family, the education
starts early. At bedtime, he slaps at
Grants Guide to Fishes – a bewilderment
of estuarine and pelagic, rock and reef
swimming into his pupils.
In schools and shivers they come
in frys and fevers, gleans
grinds and glides; brightly scaled
nouns of assemblage, lifting
off the page.
And when you close your eyes
that darkest of creatures; the basking
shark, surfaces to scoop you up
in its mouth and carry you
through the deep water of dreams.