Fish (fly-replete, in depth of June,
Dawdling away their wat'ry noon)
Ponder deep wisdom, dark or clear,
secret fishy hope or fear.
Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
But is there anything Beyond?
life cannot be All, they swear,
For how unpleasant, if it were!
One may not doubt that, somehow, Good
come of Water and of Mud;
And, sure, the reverent eye must see
A Purpose in Liquidity.
We darkly know,
by Faith we cry,
The future is not Wholly Dry.
Mud unto mud! -- Death eddies near --
Not here the appointed
End, not here!
But somewhere, beyond Space and Time.
Is wetter water, slimier slime!
And there (they
trust) there swimmeth One
Who swam ere rivers were begun,
Immense, of fishy form and mind,
omnipotent, and kind;
And under that Almighty Fin,
The littlest fish may enter in.
Oh! never fly conceals
Fish say, in the Eternal Brook,
But more than mundane weeds are there,
And mud, celestially
Fat caterpillars drift around,
And Paradisal grubs are found;
Unfading moths, immortal flies,
worm that never dies.
And in that Heaven of all their wish,
There shall be no more land, say fish.