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The King of Siam

A Poem by:

Joneve McCormick

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My betta fish is emerald blue

with a mouth wide as his head

and great thin billowy fins


When I come close

he darts to the top of his world to dance,

hungry or not


and expands like a haiku

far beyond his lines

in a space now named Siam


I turn into an ancient warrior

under his spell

- wild, cold, artful -


listening for the first sounds ever made

beyond ocean floors

and glittering stars


Joneve McCormick
Copyright © 2003

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