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Elizabeth Bishop

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The big fish tubs are completely lined
with layers of beautiful herring scales
and the wheelbarrows are similarly plastered
with creamy iridescent coats of mail,
with small iridescent flies crawling on them.
--
Poem: At the Fishhouses

 
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