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Amy Lowell - The Pike

In the brown water,
Thick and silver-sheened in the sunshine,
Liquid and cool in the shade of the reeds,
A pike dozed.
Lost among the shadows of stems
He lay unnoticed.
Suddenly he flicked his tail,
And a green-and-copper brightness
Ran under the water.
Out from under the reeds
Came the olive-green light,
And orange flashed up
Through the sun-thickened water.
So the fish passed across the pool,
Green and copper,
A darkness and a gleam,
And the blurred reflections of the willows on the opposite bank
Received it.

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Poet: Amy Lowell
Poem: 12. The Pike
Volume: Sword Blades & Poppy Seed
- Poppy Seed
Poem of the Day: Nov 20 2015

Comment 1 of 1, added on May 26th, 2012 at 4:20 AM.
the pike

this poem is GREAT!!!
although it is simple it captures the best features on the pike...
Most pike poems focus on the agression of the pike whereas this poem focusses on the beauty and grace.

laura from United Kingdom

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