There is music in water.
I know this well.
I hear the chants of the bishop-fish,
that poor gentle monster locked away
in watery sepulcher.
We offer the same prayer,
born of song, baptized in salt.
Kings and queens would have us silent,
never free nor near the sea.
Yet still, we sing.
Copyright © 2012 by Christopher Chaffin – All rights reserved
*for more information on Conrad Gesner’s Historiae animalium: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historiae_animalium_(Gesner)
*for more information on the bishop-fish: http://www.americanmonsters.com/site/2009/12/bishop-fish-europe/