And then, after
asking for silence, and
for silence please, and
for silence way in the back please,

he made of the many fishes
(churning silver
in the brimful baskets)
just one

irrefutable fish, size
of a single loaf of bread,

and the mouths of the multitude
watered, and
the gills of the dying fish
fanned the poison air.

Mike White

MIKE WHITE is the author of How to Make a Bird with Two Hands (Word Works), which was awarded the 2011 Washington Prize. His poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry, Ploughshares, The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, and FIELD. Originally from Montreal, he now lives in Salt Lake City and teaches at the University of Utah.

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