Fish

By Mary Ann Hoberman b. 1930
Look at them flit
Lickety-split
Wiggling
Swiggling
Swerving
Curving
Hurrying
Scurrying
Chasing
Racing
Whizzing
Whisking
Flying
Frisking
Tearing around
With a leap and a bound
But none of them making the tiniest
                                              tiniest
                                                 tiniest
                                                    tiniest
                                                       tiniest
                                                          sound

Mary Ann Hoberman, “Fish” from The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems. Copyright © 1959 and renewed 1987 by Mary Ann Hoberman. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt, Inc. This material may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Source: The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom (Harcourt, Inc., 1997)

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Poet Mary Ann Hoberman b. 1930

Subjects Nature, Animals

 Mary Ann Hoberman

Biography

Mary Ann Hoberman was born on August 12, 1930, in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1951, she received a BA in history from Smith College and, thirty-five years later, an MA in English literature from Yale University. She co-founded and performed with both “The Pocket People,” a children’s theatre group, and “Women’s Voice,” a group giving dramatized poetry readings. But ever since her first book was published in 1957, her primary . . .

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