Richard Hugo

(1923 - 1982 / Washington / United States)

Richard Hugo Poems

1. Degrees Of Gray In Philipsburg 1/13/2003
2. Death Of The Kapowsin Tavern 1/13/2003
3. Underwater Autumn 1/13/2003
4. Farmer, Dying 1/13/2003
5. The Church On Comiaken Hill 1/13/2003

Underwater Autumn

Now the summer perch flips twice and glides
a lateral fathom at the first cold rain,
the surface near to silver from a frosty hill.
Along the weed and grain of log he slides his tail.

Nervously the trout (his stream-toned heart
locked in the lake, his poise and nerve disgraced)
above the stirring catfish, curves in bluegill dreams
and curves beyond the sudden thrust of bass.

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