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.