A Fishes’ Tao…

A Fishes' Tao
A Fishes’ Tao

Well, this is the next in the series of my …animandalas. The form is still inspired by mandalas but has evolved to the point where I felt it wanted its own name. 😉 This time images of fish were swimming around my brain and starting from the yin-yang fish at the centre, through the kelp forest out to the flying fish at the edge, so much fun to create!

a quadrant - closeup view
a quadrant – closeup view

By special request, a close-up to show the level of detail.

UPDATE: Poem from Tom! Thanks and yay!

deep within blue ocean’s silent whirl
pools of darkness tidal currents curl
soft black ribbons round unspoken fish
entwined in mind where emptiness meets wish
upon the twinkle in a minow’s eye
while through kelp the seried ranks swim by
and large above the flying fishes leap
undreaming through the air while fast asleep
aware of only surfaces and shiny
scales that sing the music of the world
across tsunami waves that guard the briny
deep within blue ocean’s silent swirl

poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

image (c) 2016 Hilary Farmer

kelp dreams…

kelp forest... well, glade

More water and creatures… hope you like!

UPDATE: From Tom in the comments a lovely poetic evocation of exactly the feeling I was trying to achieve with the image…

Follow down to twilight dusk
where the fish and kelp-crabs dwell
past the shipwreck’s empty husk
deep beneath the surface swell

Out of airy sunlit waters
down to where the holdfasts cling
where abyssal secret creatures
listen as the mermaids sing

Here beneath the floating fronds
live the denizens of yore
letting slip the surly bonds
protected from the tidal bore

Tangled in the kelpen strands
catching plankton from the flow
that rises up from secret lands
deeper darkness down below

Caught between the day and night
living balanced on the tide
neither of the dark nor light
here they live and here they hide

From the pirate gulls above
from the Krakens of the deep
safe in Ocean’s boundless love
safe within this cloistered keep

Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer