I read this novel not long ago by Amy Tan titled "Saving Fish From Drowning". I really enjoyed it. It was sorta comical, but human. At the beginning of the book, before it even starts, the author had this quote from some anonymous person that said:
“It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. “Don’t be scared.” I tell those fishes. “I am saving you from drowning.” Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes.”
That really stuck with me. The irony of it, & also how we alter reality to cope. The interaction of the two poems is just wonderful here & especially visual. These conversations are just so interesting to me. & each is unique, which is also remarkable, but they tie together well, like you could just keep reading & reading them. & there is this continuous theme of loss &, I want to say, sacrifice, kinda like how there are things meant to be & not.