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  • 1.
    The Fish

    I caught a tremendous fish
    and held him beside the boat
    half out of water, with my hook
    fast in a corner of his mouth.
    He didn't fight.
    He hadn't fought at all.
    He hung a grunting weight,
    battered and venerable
    and homely. Here and there
    his brown skin hung in strips
    like ancient wallpaper,
    and its pattern of darker brown
    was like wallpaper:
    shapes like full-blown roses
    stained and lost through age.
    He was speckled with barnacles,
    fine rosettes of lime,
    and infested
    with tiny white sea-lice,
    and underneath two or three
    rags of green weed hung down.
    While his gills were breathing in
    the terrible oxygen
    - the frightening gills,
    fresh and crisp with blood,
    that can cut so badly-
    I thought of the coarse white flesh
    packed in like feathers,
    the big bones and the little bones,
    the dramatic reds and blacks
    of his shiny entrails,
    and the pink swim-bladder
    like a big peony.
    I looked into his eyes
    which were far larger than mine
    but shallower, and yellowed,
    the irises backed and packed
    with tarnished tinfoil
    seen through the lenses
    of old scratched isinglass.
    They shifted a little, but not
    to return my stare.
    - It was more like the tipping
    of an object toward the light.
    I admired his sullen face,
    the mechanism of his jaw,
    and then I saw
    that from his lower lip
    - if you could call it a lip
    grim, wet, and weaponlike,
    hung five old pieces of fish-line,
    or four and a wire leader
    with the swivel still attached,
    with all their five big hooks
    grown firmly in his mouth.
    A green line, frayed at the end
    where he broke it, two heavier lines,
    and a fine black thread
    still crimped from the strain and snap
    when it broke and he got away.
    Like medals with their ribbons
    frayed and wavering,
    a five-haired beard of wisdom
    trailing from his aching jaw.
    I stared and stared
    and victory filled up
    the little rented boat,
    from the pool of bilge
    where oil had spread a rainbow
    around the rusted engine
    to the bailer rusted orange,
    the sun-cracked thwarts,
    the oarlocks on their strings,
    the gunnels- until everything
    was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!
    And I let the fish go. read more »

  • 2.
    Heaven


    Fish (fly-replete, in depth of June,
    Dawdling away their wat'ry noon)
    Ponder deep wisdom, dark or clear, read more »

  • 3.
    The Fish

    ALTHOUGH you hide in the ebb and flow
    Of the pale tide when the moon has set,
    The people of coming days will know
    About the casting out of my net, read more »

  • 4.
    To a Fish

    You strange, astonished-looking, angle-faced,
    Dreary-mouthed, gaping wretches of the sea,
    Gulping salt-water everlastingly,
    Cold-blooded, though with red your blood be graced, read more »

  • 5.
    The Maldive Shark

    About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
    Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
    The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,
    How alert in attendance be. read more »

  • 6.
    Fish And Shadow

    The salmon-trout drifts in the stream,
    The soul of the salmon-trout floats over the stream
    Like a little wafer of light. read more »

  • 7.
    The Fish

    wade
    through black jade
    Of the crow-blue mussel-shells, one keeps
    adjusting the ash heaps; read more »

  • 8.
    Address To Certain Golfishes

    RESTLESS forms of living light
    Quivering on your lucid wings,
    Cheating still the curious sight read more »

  • 9.
    When Fishes Set Umbrellas Up

    When fishes set umbrellas up
    If the rain-drops run,
    Lizards will want their parasols
    To shade them from the sun. read more »

  • 10.
    The Jellyfish

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  • 11.
    'Tin Fish'

    The ships destroy us above
    And ensnare us beneath.
    We arise, we lie down, and we move
    In the belly of Death. read more »

  • 12.
    Flying Fish

    I HAVE lived in many half-worlds myself ... and so I know you.
    I leaned at a deck rail watching a monotonous sea, the same circling birds and the same plunge of furrows carved by the plowing keel. read more »

New Fish Poems

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  2. Flying Fish Fly Escape Predators, Terence G. Craddock (aftergl ..
  3. My Uncle Jack, Jim Holmes
  4. Big Fish, Ikenna Ehiemere
  5. Cracker Kingfisher, Jayatissa Liyanage
  6. The Guaca-mole, Richard Lee
  7. A FISHERMAN'S BASKET, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  8. Fish it, gajanan mishra
  9. Fish Tub, Minnoor srinivasan
  10. Fishing Nets شباك صيد الاسماك, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  11. Death of the Fish, Kevin Quero
  12. Fishes in a Sea of Love, Rachel Nichols
  13. Fish in jug of water, gajanan mishra
  14. REMEMBERING FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE, RIC S. BASTASA
  15. Camping Time, Fraser MacLean
  16. Fish Tank, Angela Wybrow
  17. The Pretty Fishing Rod, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  18. First Encounter - Mahathir Mohamad, john tiong chunghoo
  19. Haiku #26, otteri selvakumar
  20. Eye Wittness, Ellie Daphne van Stralen
  21. Live like Fish, gajanan mishra
  22. Your Heart, ali naghavi
  23. In Constant Struggle, RIC S. BASTASA
  24. Marc Greets Things in the Morning, Paul van Ostaijen
  25. New Democracy, Nyein Way
  26. 'Cat Fish', Shania K. Younce
  27. 2011 Global Fish Extinction Crisis, Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  28. Tanks For The Memories, Louis Marvin
  29. Fortune Fish, Eileen Hardy
  30. I Am A Fish!, Arta Krasniqi
  31. The Snake And The Fish, Asif Andalib
  32. My First Fishing Trip, bobby beddoe
  33. fish swim, Shaun Shane
  34. Hail Venerated King Of Sushi In Death Th.., Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  35. Benefits of 1995 Fish Trash Policy, Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  36. Avoiding Deleted Links In Food Chain, Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  37. Preserving Global Fishing Grounds, Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  38. Incompetence Sentences Our Seas, Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  39. World’s Fisheries In Deep Crisis, Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  40. Asian Cyanide Fishing, Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  41. World Sea Fish Extinction Crisis, Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  42. A Fishy Tale, vanessa hughes
  43. THY WORLD, Aldo Kraas
  44. Finn's Favorite Fish (Long Tongue Twister), Rebecca Ryan
  45. GOLDEN FISH, YoungBen Ulebor
  46. Fish vs. Humans, Rebecca Bell
  47. Fish of a Different Color, Cory Fox
  48. Steal, Catherine Yen
  49. Fishing for Christians, Udiah (witness to Yah)
  50. FISHING, Karnail Singh Heirwale
  51. ON A ROCKY BEACH, Aldo Kraas
  52. We Fish, Herman Melville
  53. 031210 a set and a round, Manonton Dalan
  54. 031010 food power, Manonton Dalan
  55. Icthus (JS#5), James Hart
  56. Is it really like fishing?, ReubenJames Rodriguez
  57. fishing for a friend, omar ibrahim
  58. The Fish Year, Dongming Zhou
  59. The Sea’s Fish, Naveed Akram
  60. When I remember the fish, akachukwu chukwuemeka ( akab ..
  61. Franklins fishes, vincent armone
  62. Tiny Rhyme, Mubeen Sadhika
  63. haiku - 241, Dagmara Anna AuraDagimar
  64. Travel Haiku - Floriday Keys Fishing (St.., john tiong chunghoo
  65. bloodline ***** FISHING ON PALILAN TABO-.., Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  66. Fish the Fish, Antonio Liao
  67. 440, RIC S. BASTASA
  68. 31, RIC S. BASTASA
  69. Travel Haiku - Fishing in Seychelles, john tiong chunghoo
  70. Fishes, Sadiqullah Khan
  71. .5. Gone Fishing, David Threadgold
  72. THE HEAD OF THE FISH, Aldo Kraas
  73. Sky And Water, Atef Ayadi
  74. Travel Haiku - Angling at Black Hills (S.., john tiong chunghoo
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