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Happy National Poetry Month!

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April 3, 2014
Underwater City

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d share an old poem I wrote back in college called “the city that sleeps with the fishes.” I wrote it in fixed verse form like a sestina but with my own special touch. The poem has so much personality, and it still is one of my favorites. It was published in Shoofly Literary Magazine at Kutztown University.

the city that sleeps with the fishes

hustling, boisterous commuters blur
finger-smudged camera lenses
murky rain puddles line curbs
splashing unsuspecting pedestrians

finger-smudged camera lenses
cars swim down the passing lane
splashing unsuspecting pedestrians
bowing down for a sweet swan song

cars swim down the passing lane
backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly
bowing down for a sweet swan song
bursts of laughter erupt from within

backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly
asphyxiated Mother of Exiles
bursts of laughter erupt from within
cruising and schmoozing in my super yacht

extinguished golden flame of Exiles
chemically marinated catfish navigate
cruising and schmoozing in my super yacht
submerged buildings can’t scrape the sky

chemically marinated catfish navigate
murky rain puddles choke curbs
submerged buildings can’t scrape the sky
hustling boisterous commuters vanish

photo: HSBC

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