My life used to be a calm pool,
Hardly a ripple disturbing the surface.
All around, the rushes stood like sentries
And the water fowls dabbled peacefully in the shallows.
On the little Japanese bridge
A young man and his lover
Like a landscape in still life.
And then there was you.
You leapt into the pool with a great splash
That startled the water fowls out of their complacency
And set the surface dancing.
The sunlight sparkled and flashed from every wave.
The sound of the water was like the laughter of lovers.
At the water’s edge the reeds and rushes
Waved and sang to the breeze.
The young man and his lover laughed
And threw their arms around each other;
They danced with the sheer joy of it all
And ran, hand in hand
Into the woods.