For the Union Dead

Original Text: 
Lowell, Robert. Collected Poems. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007: 178.
"Relinquunt Omnia Servare Rem Publicam."
1The old South Boston Aquarium stands
2in a Sahara of snow now. Its broken windows are boarded.
3The bronze weathervane cod has lost half its scales.
4The airy tanks are dry.
5Once my nose crawled like a snail on the glass;
6my hand tingled
7to burst the bubbles
8drifting from the noses of the cowed, compliant fish.
9My hand draws back. I often sigh still
10for the dark downward and vegetating kingdom
11of the fish and reptile. One morning last March,
12I pressed against the new barbed and galvanized
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Publication Start Year: 
1964
Publication Notes: 
For the Union Dead
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
RPO Edition: 
2009
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