Today's poem is by Hailey Leithauser
Wan oxymoron of a fish, dotted
dun and fledge winged, mud-feathered when
it glides through silt, by nature bottom fed.
Whoever named it named himself a man
of undisputed Christian eye,
who saw in mortal depths a guardian
and humblest trumpeter. God tongue to cry,
it haunts an earth too dread for dread-
filled man til rapture calls: Arise and fly.
Copyright © 2004 Hailey Leithauser All rights reserved
from American Poetry Journal
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission
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