Sun Worshippers

April FIsh, by Kellie Day

It took me a while to realize that all the goldfish were lined up facing the sun. I was sitting at the Ouray fish pond doing studies of the fish for my next series of paintings. Easter morning, everyone’s at church… the sun had just come over the “Pool Wall” and I was soaking it up. Then I realize they’re all swimming in place, facing the sun, congregation style. Who knew that fish were sun worshipers? Probably people who fish.

Here are some reflections from Easter morning …

Fish study, color

The sun has risen
All fish line up and face this Goddess Eoster

Only their little fins
flip
keeping them in line

Occasionally one gets fiesty
and flips a brother in the face
but is quickly knocked
out
of the group of worshippers

Only
the turtle looks the other direction

The Preacher and the Thugs

Neck outstretched
body still
Rear legs
completely
extended

Such
a nonconformist

Head protruding
as if in mid-sermon

Preaching
to these orderly fish
about
?

Big
black
beastie fish
Tugboats
bad boys
hang out in the back smoking
Thugs
Bouncers?

See
there is an order
in goldfishland
that only crazy people who sit by goldfish ponds
on Easter Sunday
in the absolute perfect
glistening
whispering
morning light can see

The order
of
fish
and turtles
Where every
thing
has purpose
and order
rhythm

Where shadows sit
heavily
on the soft green bottom
and sigh.

Sun worshippers

2 Comments

  1. oh yeah… beautiful crazy people.

  2. I knew you would have a ball painting the fish, and you did. They’re beautiful, and so is your delightful poem about them.

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