Thursday, April 30, 2015

poem in your pocket day, april 30, 2015


i have taken scales from off
the cheeks of the moon.
i have made fins from bluejays' wings, 
i have made eyes from damsons in the shadow.
i have taken flushes from the peachlips in the sun.
from all these i have made a fish of heaven for you, 
set it swimming on a young october sky.
i sit on the bank of the stream and watch
the grasses in amazement
as they turn to ashy gold.
are the fishes from the rainbow
still beautiful to you, 
for whom they are made, 
for whom i have set them,

poem by marsden hartley

today was poem in your pocket day.  a teacher friend gave me a poem she pulled at random from a sea of other little white folded papers.  i don't think it came to me randomly, however.  i read it and it reminded me of my father and brothers, fisherman all.  it was very beautiful to me and i carried it in my pocket today and will treasure it in my heart always.


  1. I think I'll have to write this in my calendar now for next year. What a lovely, lovely idea (and poem..)

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I love the poem -- it has a bit of a haunting quality to it.