Catching up with Geppetto:
In the roaring darkness, caught
in the boat’s rolling movement,
old Geppetto ignores his son’s greeting –
pits his voice against the sea, calls
the Creator of the Leviathan to help.
The son has no time to listen
to the old man’s pleas – believes
in the actions of desired flesh
not in the whims of fairies or forces
beyond his immediate control.
It shocks them both with delight
when the ocean answers -
or the whale does - and they
find themselves tossed
into the light of day.
The old man gives thanks
to his beliefs.
The son rows the boat
towards the distant shore,
amazed at life’s adventures.