Dancing Echoes

Beats Stumbling Around in Silence




Gold fish playing coy
Watchful heron overhead
Fresh catch of the day

In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #82 Milan Rajkumar’s “frog on lotus leaf “

Author: Dancing Echoes

I am a scientist by trade and artist by soul. My creative outlet used to be dancing but due to injuries and age, I must now find another path. I am hoping my writing, poetry and photography can be this new path. Awards: While I am grateful and honored for the numerous nominations, I don’t have time to respond to them with the attention they deserve, so for the most part, I am an award free blog. All photographs and words are mine unless otherwise credited. © 2015-2023 Dancing Echoes ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Christy Draper with appropriate and specific direction to the original content on Dancing Echoes.

12 thoughts on “Koi

  1. I simply love this.

    A simple yet beautiful photo reminiscent of classical Chinese and Japanese art. (the swish of the tail is perfect)

    And, as usual, I find myself playing in the garden of possible meanings – intended and interpreted.

    Such a delight.

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  2. Thank you Patrick. In most cases if you suspect a double meaning you are probably right ; )


  3. Yes. But there are so many potentials to choose from!

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  4. One aspect of my writing I strive for is to keep it open for personal interpretation. In some cases readers have brought an interpretation to my attention that I hadn’t thought of. I LOVE that!

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  5. Heh. I love that.

    I meet with a writer’s group monthly. We bring in our work to read for the group and have it critiqued. Fascinating the insight I gain into my own work when looked at from other people’s perspectives. (Actually, the activity of critiquing other writers is equally valuable.)

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  6. Your writing is always lovely.

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  7. Beautiful photo and writing. Reminds me of a story; a frog was sitting on a lily pad in a pond. A beautiful koi swims up. “Frog,” he says, “You are the ugliest creature in the pond.” Frog doesn’t speak, doesn’t move. “While I,” says the koi, “am the prettiest. I have a beautiful tail. You have no tail.” Frog remains silent, motionless. “I have long flowing fins. You have odd legs and webbed feet.” No response. “I am multicolored; you are drab. Frog! are you listening to me? I demand that you acknowledge my beauty!” Just then a heron swoops down, snatches the koi from the water and flies away. Frog says, “Bye-bye, pretty fish.” I was looking over my shoulder for herons for weeks after I heard that. 🙂 Great post, thanks.

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  8. Thank you and thank you for the great story!

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