Life as fish

Today, Jilly shares this Jim Harrison quote

“It is the burden of life to be many ages

without seeing the end of time.”

—Jim Harrison



We surge, like mackerel, into life, open-mouthed and angry, these first years of threshing and struggling with awkward limbs and the tyranny of tongues effaced by some compassionate freak. Perhaps the last years too, of awkward limbs and the tyranny of tongues will be smoothed away, but whose is the compassionate hand, and what is to follow, to start afresh?

I would take an oak tree, erased the bursting acorn, struggles with jay and deer, remembering only the shading boughs and nightingales singing.


Tree spreads

over wild grass

and the wind blows.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

11 thoughts on “Life as fish”

  1. What a stark and vivid choice of metaphor in the fish! This is just marvelous! The bringing full circle is satisfying and yet there is much that leaves questions – I like that part!

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