Beaded Butterfly Fishes
I am by the water – could be a big lake or maybe calm ocean. I can see dark shadows of movement beneath the water – a massive school of moving fish. There is a clicking, clattering sound as the shadow moves and turns. My legs are submerged in the water and, suddenly, I feel the strange sensation of hundreds of fishes kisses. When the fish rise to the surface, I can see where the clicking sound comes from: the fish have butterfly wings and each wing has been beautifully embellished with beads. As I look on in awe, I am certain that the beading cannot be a genetic trait – I can see the threads where each bead has been carefully stitched to the wings. I cannot understand the immense undertaking that this project represents.
4 thoughts on “Beaded Butterfly Fishes”
Maybe you’re contemplating an immense undertaking of your own?
That’s very astute, Christine. I am contemplating an immense undertaking – and maybe it will be more beautiful and amazing than I am currently imagining it to be.
If this were my dream, I would be struck by the conflicting symbolism. You have fish, creatures of water (and emotion) with the wings of an creature of the air (thought). The butterfly fish, which are natural fish are unnatural in that they have beads that have been attached to their wings. These contradictory symbols embody the thesis/antithesis which will come together for you to create your synthesis.
I also liked the symbols of the fish kissing your feet. If feet represent your walking your path, they are there to kiss you on.
I also liked your last line, that you cannot see the immense undertaking. I would take it as a reminder that none of us will understand all the threads that make up the tapestry of our life’s plan.
Wow, Mark – lots of deep things to ponder there . . . I appreciate the dichotomies you point out. And I love the idea of being kissed along my way, even though I might not be able to see the complexity of the whole journey.