seeing with snake eyes

would you believe me if i told you that,
beneath the black surface of the river tonight,
i saw fish swimming?

for all of the times you told me, “look! did you see it?”
it took first seeing, as i did today, a snake,
a python, to be precise,
wriggling about in a tied sack,
to be able to spot the swivel movement
of those underwater dwellers.

funny how sometimes you must first
see a thing that looks like a thing
in order to see
the thing itself.

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About scribblelip

walking down the road with a book of conjugations in my hand.
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