Two Poems

by George David Clark

Trident and Leviathan

The merchant Syrian who sold it claimed
whoever slept there dreamed as gods dream,
in unearthly colors unmoored from scene
and sequence; that a sleeper in the bed of beds
was sometimes Neptune, sometimes Jonah
thrown with pleasant company into a buoyant rest;
that in an aqueous slumber prayers
are magnified and echo till you know not
whether you are speaking or being spoken to.

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