to see her swim
again, naked as
a dolphin, heedless
of whatever lay


(Julian O’Dea)

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by RichardP on June 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Reverie? Is this what you meant?

    to [again] see her swim,
    naked as a dolphin,
    heedless of whatever
    lay ashore

    Triggers many memories / feelings for me.

    Off Topic: Are you at all familiar with the work of Robert Browning – in particular, “Pippa Passes” – from which we get the song which ends:

    God ’s in His heaven—
    All ’s right with the world.

    As Browning explains it:

    ‘ Mr. Browning,’ says Mrs. Sutherland Orr in her Handbook, ‘ was walking alone in a wood near Dulwich, when the image flashed upon him of some one walking thus alone through life ; one apparently too obscure to leave a trace of his or her passage, yet exercising a lasting though unconscious influence at every step of it ; and the image shaped itself into the little silk-winder of Asolo, Felippa, or Pippa.’

    ‘Though I passed by them all, and felt no sign.’

    From here:


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on June 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Yes. It is a reverie or memory I suppose. It is also written in a slightly Japanese, tanka-like style, so the language is a bit terse.

      On Pippa Passes, oddly enough I just looked that poem up recently (I knew the title but nothing about it otherwise.) I should read it.

      My wife didn’t swim naked, on our honeymoon at least. But she certainly went swimming as our honeymoon was by the sea, and she used to compare herself fancifully to a dolphin.


  2. Posted by RichardP on June 6, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I was searching for something else and encountered the link I posted. Made me think of Audrey Rouget gliding through your life, completely oblivious to her effect on you. Your own Pippa maybe.


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