The Year One,
For a thousand years the King and Queen never
forgot the night when a pair of dolphins found a boy and
a girl sailing east together across the sea, watched over
by the West Wind alone. They always wished it could
have lasted longer, tugging at their hearts like a half-
Their long-awaited night was pronounced by the light
of a comet in the sky where the mountains met the sea.
The King and Queen knew what they had to do. They
departed for the western coast at once.
She would find the one who fell off the turtle’s back.
He would find a fish who was willing to do anything
for an apple.
They would meet at the Riverlilly to play their part.
After which they had a dark road to go, but they would
travel it together, fin in fin.