Eyes staring out,
interlaced in no definite order,
blue on blue—
a kind of marine family.
Secret emblems of faith,
representing the swirling oceans
set apart from landlocked fauna
living in their own colourful world.
Who could tell us of their inner reality,
beneath timeless waves
in an unrelenting maelstrom of water?
Respect this ancient symbol,
marker of passing time,
crest of never faltering true belief,
guardian of the deep sea.
One of five poems written by Charles Jobson in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, West Ealing in September 2018.
The painting is entitled Fish, by the artist and © Lynn Martinez.
Poem © Charles Jobson. For permission to re-use contact firstname.lastname@example.org.