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THE PRAYER OF THE GOLDFISH

O God,

forever I turn in this hard crystal,

so transparent, yet I can find no way out.

Lord,

deliver me from the cramp of this water

and these terrifying things I see through it.

Put me back in the play of your torrents,

in your limpid springs.

Let me no longer be a little goldfish

in its prison of glass,

but a living spark

in the gentleness of your reeds. Amen.

Carmen Bernos de Gasztold, translated by Rumer Godden, from Prayers of the Ark

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