What She Saw
Better watch out or motes of fairy dust
will inundate your eyes
with sunlight's surface glittering.
It isn't so much lies
as cowardice—a flinch at what's beneath
in the airless dark.
Focus on the minnows' flits—
try to ignore the shark,
and though the fin has broken into air,
you focus on the waves
and go into some mantric trip,
some New-Age "Jesus Saves"
you murmur with a tranquil, beaming grin
as if your core belief
in butterflies and skinny dips
will keep away its teeth
Quincy Lehr's is the author of several collections, most recently Shadows and Gifts (2013) and the book-length poem, Heimat (summer 2014). He lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches history.