My mind was clear, as bright as the morn
In that pool upstream where I was born.
Then carried down the rushing river of Time,
It layered on experiences of virtue and grime.
Finally I plunged into the deep blue sea–
Dodging dangers, winning wisdom, carving an identity.
Routinely busy with the affairs of my kind
I suddenly wondered what I would find-
In the unexplored frontiers of my own mind.
The fugitive insights, wellsprings of thought,
Hidden under my ego, of achievements I’d wrought.
So now I must undertake a journey to my past-
Remembering what had shaped me into who I was.
As I swim upriver, my third muscles spasm:
My mind builds a bridge across that black chasm
Of fear of the unknown, of fading breath:
The last thin moment between life and death.
As I lay my eggs in the pool where I took birth
I realise I’m a link in the life that fills the Earth,
I finally feel whole, at peace with my role,
And I dance through death, an immortal soul!