THE SOUTH BOSTON AQUARIUM 1916 Print
Written by A. Lowell Pub in The Forgotten Aquariums of Boston 2nd Ed By: Jerry Ryan   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 20:05

 

THE SOUTH BOSTON AQUARIUM

 By:  A. Lowell, 1916

Published in:  The Forgotten Aquariums of Boston, 2nd Edition, By:  Jerry Ryan

 


“Streaks of green and yellow iridescence,

Silver shiftings,

Rings veering out of range

Silver - gold -

Green grey opaqueness sliding down,

With sharp white bubbles

Shooting and dancing,

Flushing quickly upward.

Shooting bubbles,

Swallowing them.

Fish.

Blue shadows against silver-saffron water,

The light ripping over themIn steel bright tremors.

Outspread and translucent fins

- interfold and relapse;

The threaded light prints through them

On the pebblesIn scarcely tarnished twinklings.

Curving of spotted spines,

Slow up shifts,

Lazy convulsions;

Then a sudden swift straightening

And darting below;

Oblique grey shadows

Athwart a pale casement.

Green man-eating eels

Slumber in undulate rhythms

With crests laid horizontal on their backs.

Barred fish,

Striped fish,

Uneven discs of fish,

Slip, slide, whirl, turn,

And never touch.

Metallic blue fish,

With fins wide and yellow and swaying

Like Oriental fans,

Hold the sun in their bellies

And glow with light;

Blue brilliance cut by black bars

An oblong pane of straw-colored shimmer,

Across it, in a tangent.

A smear of rose, black silver,

Short twists and upstartings,

Rose black, in a setting of bubbles;

Sunshine playing between red and black flowers

On a blue and gold lawn.

Shadows and polished surfaces,

Facets of mauve and purple,

A constant modulation of valves.

Shaft-shaped,

With green bead eyes;

Thick-nosed,

Heliotrope colored;

Swift spots of chrysolite and coral;

In the midst of green, pearl amethyst irradiations.

 
Outside,

A willow tree flickers,

With long white jerks,

And long blue waves

Rise steadily beyond the outer islands.”

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