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The Fish

- By MARIANNE MOORE
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Wade
through black jade.
       Of the crow-blue mussel-shells, one keeps
       adjusting the ash-heaps;
              opening and shutting itself like
an
injured fan.
       The barnacles which encrust the side
       of the wave, cannot hide
              there for the submerged shafts of the
 
sun,
split like spun
       glass, move themselves with spotlight swiftness
       into the crevices—
              in and out, illuminating
the
turquoise sea
       of bodies. The water drives a wedge
       of iron through the iron edge
              of the cliff; whereupon the stars,
pink
rice-grains, ink-
       bespattered jelly fish, crabs like green
       lilies, and submarine
              toadstools, slide each on the other.
All
       marks of abuse are present on this
       defiant edifice—
              all the physical features of
       
ac-
cident—lack
       of cornice, dynamite grooves, burns, and
       hatchet strokes, these things stand
              out on it; the chasm-side is
 
dead.
Repeated
       evidence has proved that it can live
       on what can not revive
              its youth. The sea grows old in it.

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Wade : walk through water or another liquid or soft substance

Glass : a hard, brittle substance, typically transparent or translucent, made by fusing sand with soda, lime, and sometimes other ingredients and cooling rapidly. It is used to make windows, drinking containers, and other articles

Toadstool : the spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically in the form of a rounded cap on a stalk, especially one that is believed to be inedible or poisonous.

All : used to refer to the whole quantity or extent of a particular group or thing

External : belonging to or forming the outer surface or structure of something

Wade : walk through water or another liquid or soft substance

Glass : a hard, brittle substance, typically transparent or translucent, made by fusing sand with soda, lime, and sometimes other ingredients and cooling rapidly. It is used to make windows, drinking containers, and other articles

Toadstool : the spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically in the form of a rounded cap on a stalk, especially one that is believed to be inedible or poisonous.

All : used to refer to the whole quantity or extent of a particular group or thing

External : belonging to or forming the outer surface or structure of something

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