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Leap Day

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Thanks to plumnutz for the nightscape background at www.flickr.com/photos/plumnutz/5528855633/

 

"Do dolphins leap into dolphin heaven?

Be a dolphin. Feel yourself

at home in the beloved water

in which you were fathered, mothered,

fed, grow up, and swim with all your friends…

 

and then one day, you see them disappear from view -

a powerful twist of tail… their body's gone…

gone where? … you find that air, which

your nostrils have already breathed, is more…

a lighter, unsupported world

in which all dolphins leap

to celebrate their joy

in being - just as they are…

 

and, perhaps, fall back into

familiar water, with now greater joy...

 

who knows, what dolphins think -

or how they think, their instincts water-pure?

and what is air to them…

and whether air is where

they are on equal terms with those strange creatures,

human beings - yet with whom

they have a wonderful affinity;

even in protecting them

when danger threatens men

in dolphins' safe, free element..

 

The early Christians, seeing dolphins play

around the shores of Greece and Italy

and Palestine and Egypt, saw a parallel:

in that men, when lost to human thought

beyond all thought, leap into an element

of joy and freedom and a world above

as air to dolphin's water; their spirits leapt,

bringing back to earth a memory

never then forgotten, of what lay in store…

 

and scratched upon dark, taper-flickering walls

of catacombs and prisons, a dolphin leaping;

‘ My body's here; my spirit's leaping there

where joy and freedom never disappear…' "

--Michael Shepherd www.poemhunter.com/poem/do-dolphins-leap-into-dolphin-hea...

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Taken on February 29, 2012