- Soul PaintingPoets are painters
and the paint they use are their soul colours.No one can see how deep the ocean is
or how deep the shore is
but we know each other
by what we reveal.Between the sea and the sky
seagulls turn to fish the light
mewing like stray cats.
Poets belong to the waves and the tides
like the moon and the calls of seagulls.Poets do not use a slide rule or compass
to measure reality.
Myth is made actual by their words.They speak from the centre of their poems
and bid the world to dream of itself.
They show us how the waves can be.~~~~~~~~Eric Ashford 2005From, Speaking Through the OpeningPlabras Press