Academic journal article The Hudson Review


Academic journal article The Hudson Review


Article excerpt

The fish taken out of the sea Is not without a consolation: Its dying is of brief duration And ultimately brings relief.

- Saint John of the Cross

Far from myself, in pain and yet

not feeling, I'm sunk into a trance.

All around me, the cosmic dance

goes on, its beautiful motet,

its counterpoint and pirouette . . .

Is this how I am loved? So well

that I am prisoner in a hell

devised of tears and sleep? Beset

by nothing I can name, I envy

the fish taken out of the sea

a shock like that has sweet appeal.

The force of elemental change

might cause the brain to rearrange

and set the body free to feel

the hook, the dock, the sun, the real

experience of its own end,

and the soul (for let us pretend

there is a soul, and it can heal),

in that moment of sensation,

is not without a consolation,

flown from its chamber of disease. …

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