the man and the boy and the fish


the man holds a fish
and this small boy

swims on a floor
in a sea of purulence /

the man does not
see or hear the fish

speaking; he cannot feel
how it flapped and gasped /

the boy can only hear
his breathing as it

struggles in the cold
and hard waves lapping

like a pummelling, like
a punishment /
the fish is empty inside
and this boy survives /

the man still holds his
dead fish, but doesn’t

look it in the eye / he did
not understand anything




Mike Ferguson





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