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Poetry: From the January/February 2013 issue | See all poetry



Trapped

High in the weir
of a tree’s bare
branches
the half-moon flops
like a trapped herring
betrayed by the beautiful tide
that carried it here.
It struggles to work free
breathing harder
with every smack
of its bright body
against the shallows
and I can’t remember the last time
I was full
of light
either.

- Jean Monahan

Jean Monahan is the author of the poetry books Hands, Believe It or Not, and Mauled Illusionist, the first of which received the Anhinga Press Prize.

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