Treasure Island

Jesse Ellsbury

(March 23,1982 / Washington D.C.)

Beautiful Swimmer


Beautiful swimmer, I see you,
diving beneath the water,
wings wet like a dewed blade of grass,
tail feathers greased like hair slicked back,
your beady eyes focused, holding your breath,
your dinner’s beneath you, sinking fast.

With hinged beak you grab your meal,
wriggling from your bone-hard lips
that break through the scales.
Then you drift upwards, out of the water,
and swim off into the sky.

Submitted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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I don't usually do free-verse, and this poem is probably why.

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