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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Max Eastman. 1883–
 
96. At the Aquarium
 
SERENE the silver fishes glide, 
Stern-lipped, and pale, and wonder-eyed! 
As through the aged deeps of ocean, 
They glide with wan and wavy motion. 
They have no pathway where they go,         5
They flow like water to and fro, 
They watch with never-winking eyes, 
They watch with staring, cold surprise, 
The level people in the air, 
The people peering, peering there:  10
Who wander also to and fro, 
And know not why or where they go, 
Yet have a wonder in their eyes, 
Sometimes a pale and cold surprise. 
 
 
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