Water Clear as Glass / obediah michael smith

it is all theft, isn’t it
living and writing
transferring, translating
one thing, something
into something else
transferring something
from one place to someplace else
usually from somewhere without
to somewhere within
it’s all theft, isn’t it
the evening sun upon the sea
my trying to capture it
to snatch this evening
from August
“Water Clear as Glass” is reprinted with permission from Seventy Poems (Lulu, 2009).


Obediah Michael Smith has published twelve books of poems, a short novel and a cassette recording of his poems. He has published widely in journals, and his work has begun to be translated into Spanish and included in anthologies and journals in South America, Mexico and Spain.