A Singular Fish

The ball. The death.
A shibboleth: Here we go round the mulberry bush
so early in the morning
A customary fall, a sheep asleep:
a pull to the deep—safety in numbers

Subtracted mass
of the turning baitball, the teamwork of predators:
dolphin, tuna, sailfish and shark;
gannets, cormorants, terns and gulls:
death from the sky and death from the sea.

edge of measure,
amorphous: dwindling like incandescent kindling;
the scarlet ribbon courses:
tragic drama of pelagic
runs, an attrition of sardines or herring.

A singular fish
dives perpendicular to the piscatorial
emergence against predation:
a divergence from the rest
(reticular loss of lives), primordial.

the expected
text: be dexterous, quick, jump over the candlestick.
The hollow of the rocky nook
swallows the gifted swimmer:
A hammerlock school overtook—you rock fish—

The Singular Fish

THE SINGLE FISH that is different dives straight down out of the emergent school of fish balled up for protection from the dolphins and diving birds . . . the rest, presumably die, as the unique fish rushes toward the safe rocky nook that swallows it.  Hidden.  You rock fish.

Holding the Cat

When a cat is held by nature
with flowers and flipping butterflies,
whatever is the vision that enters
through trained ears and slivered eyes?

Of course, she can see much better at night:
a chiaroscuro scene, brightly lit;
but less colored, blurred, when daylight
pries through her subtle iris slits.