Poem of the Week: A Jelly-Fish by Marianne Moore

Welcome to Poem of the Week, an annual feature on this blog that celebrates National Poetry Month. Every Sunday, in the month of April, start the week off with an uplifting poem and discovery why poetry still matters.

During these unprecedented times, we need calming words more than ever. And poetry, apart from reading fiction, can provide comfort during tumultuous times. So while staying safe and being at home, why not take this unforeseen opportunity to discover (or rediscover) a new genre.


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Visible, invisible,
A fluctuating charm,
An amber-colored amethyst
Inhabits it; your arm
Approaches, and
It opens and
It closes;
You have meant
To catch it,
And it shrivels;
You abandon
Your intent—
It opens, and it
Closes and you
Reach for it—
The blue
Surrounding it
Grows cloudy, and
It floats away
From you.


To discover more poems, please visit Poets.Org.

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