I Get Up On Water

from by From a Fountain



i wash myself in a cool lake
it’s Easter, and i pretend to be baptized
John is sprinkling water o’er me -
or else dunking me under

there prowl police on shore,
waiting for me to step out
i do the natural thing
and get up on water

someone shouts, “you there!”
i skate around just to show him
a plane flies low overhead,
startling us all

they try bullhorns to get their voices up
pretty soon a police boat, on trailer, backs into the water
lights up, they skim towards me
still a ways off, i drop into water

i hold my breath -
i’ve been trainin’ since i was a kid
i swim steadily,
waiting for the right moment

as boat passes o’er me, i push up, and capsize it
i launch into the air, dripping water
i buzz the onlookers, and then, head to pine hills
where, among the needles, i drip-dry

automatic this feeling: love for my fellow man
he finds me in repose, reflecting on his teachings


from Milky Mile, released August 19, 2013


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From a Fountain is the name for all varieties of music by Douglas Kirby, from West Marin County, CA.

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