POETRY

What She Saw

By

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.

Better watch out or motes of fairy dust
      will inundate your eyes
with sunlight's surface glittering.
      It isn't so much lies