Treasure Island

Dónall Dempsey

(15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

WHAT THE WATER THINKS


The water doesn't know

itself
as water

and when I turn away
peels off the name

I've given it.

It is
only

the
itself
of
its
self.

Human names
tire it

it has to spend
so much time

peeling off all the names
that defile it.

'Why don't humans
just let it be! '

'Why have all this need to name? '

Weary the water
puts up with us.

'Splashsplish! '
the child

blesses it
with sound

and even
the water smiles.

'Now that's more like it! '
it thinks.

Submitted: Monday, May 12, 2008
Edited: Thursday, May 22, 2008

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  • Onelia Avelar (5/13/2008 1:40:00 AM)

    I read once that the water has memory - some scientifical theory of Russian scientists. It is very interesting. The poem is vivid, words just flow...water... (Report) Reply

  • R H (5/12/2008 10:14:00 AM)

    You give life to a life giver here Donall - lovely musing on something we all too often take for granted. Esp liked the lines: 'Splashsplish' the child blesses it with sound. ' justine. (Report) Reply

  • Liz Thaugally (5/12/2008 10:10:00 AM)

    Donall, this is lovely. Like the idea of something there before we ever existed tired of us labelling it. let it be. Profoundly simple and beautiful. thanks for sharing.
    Lizelah. (Report) Reply

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