koi as ice



© phylor, 2015

still as winter moon night

silent as snowy owl in flight

heartbeats faint as winter sunlight

prismatic as winter ice-storm bright

spring-day glistens warm out of winter-night

koi swimming, shimmering as water sprite

written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Prompt 99: Vernalagnia









© phylor, 2015


10 thoughts on “koi as ice

  1. C.C. March 27, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    “shimmering as water sprite”–lovely imagery :-)


    • phylor March 27, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you C.C. I’ve spent years with the koi, and their colours fascinate me. Prismatic.

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    • phylor March 24, 2015 / 4:52 am

      Thank you. Since we had snow on the first day of spring, my poem had an icy start.

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  2. summerstommy2 March 22, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Lovely words and vivid imagery.
    I can’t help but think whenever I read about koi and certainly when I was in Japan as the things are everywhere that in Australia they are called carp and are an introduced pest as they eat our native fish.


    • phylor March 22, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      Invasive and introduced species have caused so much damage — especially in Australia it seems. That people imported house sparrows and starlings to N. America with all the wonderful birds we had here, makes me shake my head.
      Often, it reminds me of the childhood song, “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly,” each new introduction to solve one problem creates a worse problem.
      Now, of course, invasive species show up on their own: packing crates, ship bilge water, inside shipping containers.
      I hope the koi/carp haven’t eaten all your native fish yet! The ones in the pond are very small, and don’t eat their pond mates. Thank goodness.


      • summerstommy2 March 22, 2015 / 10:36 pm

        We have weekends where fisher persons go out to catch as many as they can in rivers and waterways. They are very destructive here. When I was in Japan they were huge and in every bit of water you saw.
        The other problem we have is with Indian minor birds though I have a neighbour who has cleared them away from his place in no uncertain terms.


        • phylor March 22, 2015 / 10:50 pm

          There are some programs to get rid of invasive shell fish, fish, plants, but not enough. Some interesting solutions have been devised. There is an invasive vine, kudzu, that has strangled the Southern states. Goats will eat kudzu. So farmers rent out their flocks of goats to clean out the vine. I think there are other invasive plants that goats and sheep help take down.


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