Sharks' Teeth

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
Everything contains some   
silence. Noise gets
its zest from the
small shark's-tooth
shaped fragments
of rest angled
in it. An hour   
of city holds maybe   
a minute of these   
remnants of a time   
when silence reigned,   
compact and dangerous   
as a shark. Sometimes   
a bit of a tail   
or fin can still   
be sensed in parks.

Source: Poetry (April 2004).

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Poet Kay Ryan b. 1945

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Nature, Cities & Urban Life, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Pastoral, Metaphor