Pike

Pike, three inches long, perfect
Pike in all parts, green tigering the gold.
Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin.
They dance on the surface among the flies.

Or move, stunned by their own grandeur,
Over a bed of emerald, silhouette
Of submarine delicacy and horror.
A hundred feet long in their world.

In ponds, under the heat-struck lily pads-
Gloom of their stillness:
Logged on last year's black leaves, watching upwards.
Or hung in an amber cavern of weeds

The jaws' hooked clamp and fangs
Not to be changed at this date:
A life subdued to its instrument;
The gills kneading quietly, and the pectorals.

Three we kept behind glass,
Jungled in weed: three inches, four,
And four and a half: fed fry to them-
Suddenly there were two. Finally one

With a sag belly and the grin it was born with.
And indeed they spare nobody.
Two, six pounds each, over two feet long
High and dry and dead in the willow-herb-

One jammed past its gills down the other's gullet:
The outside eye stared: as a vice locks-
The same iron in this eye
Though its film shrank in death.

A pond I fished, fifty yards across,
Whose lilies and muscular tench
Had outlasted every visible stone
Of the monastery that planted them-

Stilled legendary depth:
It was as deep as England. It held
Pike too immense to stir, so immense and old
That past nightfall I dared not cast

But silently cast and fished
With the hair frozen on my head
For what might move, for what eye might move.
The still splashes on the dark pond,

Owls hushing the floating woods
Frail on my ear against the dream
Darkness beneath night's darkness had freed,
That rose slowly toward me, watching.

by Ted Hughes

Comments (3)

.............dreams can come true.....truly hope yours does.....sounds like fun to live in the country with nature..... and go horseback riding every day to see the rising sun.....even the setting sun would be just as nice....enjoyed...
the description u have given is good but what u have in the title is something i dont really believe. dreams are not just dreams but ur imagination and something u cherish and beyond all they are a great desire. dream and dream and dream...because dreams come true- this is what the Indian President Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam says. And even i believe-dream and dream but never expect them to be fulfilled. Hope u have understood what i mean to express Lubna
A very good poem, sad in the end, but beautiful! I love the imagery and the analogy: dreams and freedom! Unfortunaly, there are lots of us who are trapped in those concrete walls... ~~Elya Thorn~~