Sword Blades and Poppy Seed

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Author: Amy Lowell

The Pike

In the brown water,
Thick and silver-sheened in the sunshine,
Liquid and cool in the shade of the reeds,
A pike dozed.
Lost among the shadows of stems
He lay unnoticed.
Suddenly he flicked his tail,
And a green-and-copper brightness
Ran under the water.

Out from under the reeds
Came the olive-green light,
And orange flashed up
Through the sun-thickened water.
So the fish passed across the pool,
Green and copper,
A darkness and a gleam,
And the blurred reflections of the willows on the opposite bank
Received it.

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Chicago: Amy Lowell, "The Pike," Sword Blades and Poppy Seed, ed. Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962- in Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed October 5, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VZ9TLX2N8CSBEI.

MLA: Lowell, Amy. "The Pike." Sword Blades and Poppy Seed, edited by Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962-, in Sword Blades and Poppy Seed, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 5 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VZ9TLX2N8CSBEI.

Harvard: Lowell, A, 'The Pike' in Sword Blades and Poppy Seed, ed. . cited in 1850, Sword Blades and Poppy Seed, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 5 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VZ9TLX2N8CSBEI.