Edward Wright Haile

Rookie - 20 Points (Virginia)

Lost Glasses - Poem by Edward Wright Haile

My glasses fell into the water
and spent a night taunted by seaweed
The fish used them and became enraged
tearing out each other’s bones
A snail went by and suddenly saw a star
The jellyfish made love from bifocal to bifocal
Minnows licked the fragrant temples
The mud made plans

In the daytime my barefeet returned
The waters went to milk
and my fingers, my fish without hearts
picked them up, rinsed them in the clear
wiped them of all nightly friendship
put them on and redissolved that mental clay
that had made me dream of them and burn

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 12, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 23, 2010

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