The Lungfishes Birthday, Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

By | 1 February 2013

Two wise blue-eyed cigars
arrived this day in nineteen-nineteen
with little grins on faces

and now like languorous jet-
liners they retrace the entire
world, from branch to
waving vallisneria—

iridescent Australia—
in ninety-one years they have
not touched the glass, but
their mouths where the
cigar was snipped search
in the gravel like paws
for worms, then stop, dart up
to steal a drop of atmosphere.

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