Eye Witness

José Emilio Pacheco

At the edge of the sea, curving sand

and a line of dead fish


Like shield abandoned after battle


No sign of suffocation or visible



Jewels polished by the sea


enclosing their own deaths


those fish shared

a ghostly



None had eyes


Twin cavities in each head


As if something said

the land might claim their bodies




Pacheco, José Emilio. "Eye Witness." An Ark for the Next Millennium: Poems. Trans. Margaret Sayers Peden. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993. p. 13.

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