Looking beyond

A zejel written for Grace’s dVerse poetry form prompt: “

The elements of the simplest and most common form of the Zéjel are:

  1. syllabic, most often written in 8 syllable lines.
  2. stanzaic, opening with a mono-rhymed triplet followed by any number of quatrains.  
  3. rhymed, the rhyme of the opening mudanza establishes a linking rhyme with the end line of the succeeding quatrains. Rhyme scheme, aaa bbba ccca etc.
We see oceans from water’s crest
eyes long blind to their living depth.
Trees seen as trunks, all but topless.

Like mice who think of us as toes
it takes a greater mind to know
that much beyond our eyesight flows
including aches we can’t redress.

I find I’m just one fathom deep
but even so there’s things I keep 
out of view of  vision’s brisk sweep -
eyes superficially impressed

Trying to look past eye level -
even when waves the view dishevel,
or leaves dance, opaquely wrestle -
curious science does it best.

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