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The Dolphin Ii - Poem by Morgan Michaels

Then the phone rings- 'no data':
into the grinning barracuda over the range
tessled onto plaster from bits of glass
and given me by Jorge, my exile friend,
the dolphin-image alters;

(that's Jorge, who sometimes wishes he'd
stayed home in Cuba, but whose art
sells well and gets better- more complex,
adding figures, improving narrative-
he'll do ok if he steers clear of drugs) -

and the dolphin's away-
(irid fish, not the mammal,)
to come again another day,
leaving me the odor of salt spray
a sort of maritime uncinate fit

triggered by who knows what?
a blue burner flame? A cat's cry?
a tiny blood vessel bursting?
an enzyme that blossomed or failed to?
a synapse that synapsed or didn't?

The possibilities are endless and valid, all,
but none provable. Nothing is.
That's simply the way memory works.
Don't worry, though, it'll be back.
Heaven knows, we need our memories.


Comments about The Dolphin Ii by Morgan Michaels

  • Rookie - 268 Points Brian Jani (6/9/2014 3:25:00 PM)

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  • Gold Star - 8,289 Points Michael Morgan (7/5/2013 4:26:00 PM)

    numerous attempts to change the incorrect 'tussled' to the correct 'tessled' have been unsuccessful. To tessle is to cover with tiles, which was the origin of the barracuda alluded to in the poem. The depiction of the barracuda was done in tiles. MM (Report) Reply

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Poems About Narrative

  1. 101. The Dolphin Ii , Morgan Michaels
  2. 102. Long Poems & Short Stories , Michael Pruchnicki
  3. 103. Pantheon , Satish Verma
  4. 104. New Beginnings , Jeremy Horsford
  5. 105. That Long Silence , Moushumi moushumi
  6. 106. Typhoon , RIC S. BASTASA
  7. 107. The Definition Of Poetry , Bijay Kant Dubey
  8. 108. Grammar , Sudeep Sen
  9. 109. Coffee &Amp; Dolls , April Bernard
  10. 110. Alankar(Decor) -210 , Indira Renganathan
  11. 111. Dirge , Almedia Knight Oliver
  12. 112. Make Acceptable , hasmukh amathalal
  13. 113. Poetry, All About Poetry , Bijay Kant Dubey
  14. 114. A Spy , Kenneth Maswabi
  15. 115. Solving Mysteries , gershon hepner
  16. 116. Alankar(Decor) -171 , Indira Renganathan
  17. 117. Chells Memory , michael oliver
  18. 118. A Bad Ending , RIC S. BASTASA
  19. 119. The Poems Bring Me Back To Myself , Shalom Freedman
  20. 120. Narratives , gershon hepner
  21. 121. Plant An Apple Tree , gershon hepner
  22. 122. Story Of My Name , Naveed Akram
  23. 123. Invent Colors , gajanan mishra
  24. 124. I Like The Way You Write , RIC S. BASTASA
  25. 125. The Monkey-Man , Bijay Kant Dubey
  26. 126. The Literal Pain , RIC S. BASTASA
  27. 127. Alankar(Decor) -150 , Indira Renganathan
  28. 128. Alankar(Decor) -203 , Indira Renganathan
  29. 129. John Masefield He Wrote Long Stories In .. , Francis Duggan
  30. 130. The 'N' Word , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  31. 131. God's Repentance On Yom Kippur , gershon hepner
  32. 132. Craft, Faith And Narrative , gershon hepner
  33. 133. Last Words Of A Ballerina , Windsor Guadalupe Jr
  34. 134. Alliterative Abilities Await Accolade , Jonathan ROBIN
  35. 135. Care Home , tom billsborough
  36. 136. That Traumatic Year [1947]- Recollection.. , Om Chawla
  37. 137. Orbital Inertia , Tara Crown
  38. 138. What If... , Maurice Harris
  39. 139. Alankar(Decor) -95 , Indira Renganathan
  40. 140. Aristotle And Sappho , Sadiqullah Khan
  41. 141. *****finding The Mother , sathya narayana
  42. 142. The Pierrot's Narrative , sheena blackhall
  43. 143. With Constancy, All The While , Maurice Harris
  44. 144. Whence Just Nestlings , Maurice Harris
  45. 145. The Milkman Cometh , gershon hepner
  46. 146. Ogden Gnash , gershon hepner
  47. 147. A Small Poem Is All I Am Capable Of , Shalom Freedman
  48. 148. My Stepmother (For Edgar Andrade Baguio) , RIC S. BASTASA
  49. 149. Life Is A Symphony...Death A Melody , Almedia Knight Oliver
  50. 150. Controlling The Narrative , Lawrence S. Pertillar
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