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, Swimming?
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 3, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.
About this Poem
“Fishmonger” was published in Others for 1919: An Anthology of the New Verse (Nicholas L. Brown, 1920).
Marsden Hartley was born on January 4, 1877, in Lewiston, Maine.
Date Published: 1920-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/fishmonger