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Stanley Kunitz - King of the River

If the water were clear enough,
if the water were still,
but the water is not clear,
the water is...

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Poet: Stanley Kunitz
Poem: King of the River
Poem of the Day: Dec 27 2009

Comment 1 of 1, added on December 27th, 2009 at 12:43 PM.
Existential lightening!

I am almost speechless! This poem, wherein the human experience is so seamlessly woven into the life and image of a helpless fish in the water, struggling toward its inexorable demise. But, oh, the triumph and beauty bounded up in that existential helplessness, "the way of all flesh" strikes me dumb with existential lightening!

Art Chapman from United States

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