Poetry – Christopher

Christopher

I bought a Betta fish last week.

I named him Christopher, and I picked him out

Because he was white and pale grey.

But when I brought him home and put him in his new warm tank,

He erupted in reds and purples and blues over the next three days.

I never would have guessed.

 

Christopher often watches me

Working in the evenings, illuminated

By the light of my computer.

Sometimes I watch him too, and for a couple of quiet minutes

He flitters his tail and seems to have a curious smile on his face.

I think he and I are friends.

 

I gave Christopher a sandcastle.

It’s hollow and has a large front door,

Only he never swims inside.

He spends all day gazing in the fake plastic windows

Like an orphan watching crowds of happy people passing by.

I wonder what he sees?

 

I’d love to know what Christopher named

The giant, pink fish who lives across the glass

In the cold, airy tank.

Perhaps he’s just a fish and doesn’t think of me at all;

Never notices me staring out the windows of my studio,

Wishing we could talk.

Ben Tomkins is a violinist, teacher, journalist and critically acclaimed composer currently living in Denver, Colorado. He hates stupidity and generally believes that the volume of one’s voice is inversely proportional to one’s knowledge of an issue. Reach Ben Tomkins at BenTomkins@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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