Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Aquarium Fish - Poem by Padraic Colum

MOULD-COLOURED like the leaf long fallen from
The autumn branch, he rises now, the Fish.
The cold eyes of the gannets see their rock:
He has No-whither. Who was it marked
Earth from the waters? Who
Divided space into such lines for us,
Giving men To and Fro, not Up and Down?
This dweller in the ancient element
Knows Space's cross-road. Who
Closed up the Depth to us? He rises now
Mould-coloured like the leaf long fallen from
The autumn branch, with eyes that are like lamps
Magicians fill with oils from dead men ta'en,
Most rootless of all beings, the Fish.

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  • Brian Jani (6/23/2014 3:09:00 AM)

    I failed to understand this poem, its well written though (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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