the SALT doll

a salt doll journeyed for thousands of miles over land, until it finally came to sea.

it was fascinated by this strange moving mass, quite unlike anything it had seen before.

“who are you?” said the salt doll to the sea.

the sea smilingly replied, “come in and see.”

so the doll waded in. the farther it walked into the sea the more it dissolved, until there was very little of it left.

before the last bit dissolved, the doll exclaimed in wonder, “now i know what i am!”

poem | anthony de mello, song of the bird
(image books, 1984), page 98

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