Wrapped in marine air, he
unfurls his net.
Exhaling, the sea seeks
the nylon snare, and the blue
belly fish skim
each other’s fins, scarcely struggling
to fight the inevitable
Suffocating, the sapphire sun
pierces their fishy flesh like a violent dagger.
Their instinctual hearts
not knowing why
they were lifted into the atmosphere
of such poisonous pressure, lungs
collapse under the gravity, die,
A smile reflects
on the brilliant crystal waves.
He, with his human eyes
untouched by such foreign agony
each pretty corpse
and sails on,
like God’s shadow
through the caldron
of the inescapable Earth.
.Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Beneath the Surface, McMaster Creative Writing” Winter 1990/1991, under the pseudonym “Jocelyn Kain” aka “Allison Grayhurst”
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