"dazzle gradually"

"Dazzle Gradually" 2017 poems, paintings, new art & photography--a diary, a discipline, a delight. Read over my shoulder as I post my unedited poetry ---you can see it in the raw or get my first book and see how the work evolves with new books rolling out next year.


Polly Alice

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Salmon


Salmon

Peal back a bit of my skin,
you’ll find pink flesh inside.
Behind my pale human eye,
a slim copper disk.
Under my hair,
fuschia scales.
Hook your finger
into my friendly smile--
gills are there. 

I, marked with roses, 
am the only one,
I drink in whole oceans,
to propel myself back to  
freshwater,
a birthplace,
a secret place,
I can’t remember.

I will find the answer,
or taste bile’s
bitter death trying.

~








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