Monday, February 7, 2011

the water of...

When I was young,
we used to have fairy tales read to us--
as many children do.

In several Russian fairy tales,
the hero first rushed headlong
at the obstacle in his way
and was chopped into pieces
and left for dead.

But the animals he had befriended
would bring him back:
one flying to fetch
the water of death,
another flying to find
the water of life.

The water of death
sprinkled over the pieces
brought his body back together;
the water of life
revived his spirit.

And then, of course,
wiser to the ways of his foe,
he would try again
and win.

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