Fishing the Dorado

by J. D. Manning

Xiphias, Kajiki, Mahi-mahi, Marlin --
Like my fathers
I strain to catch you,
prove my will against the sea --

But not yet, not this time.

The reed breaks, my hands fall blind,
and golden, you arch against the night,
splash down in darkness,
drench me with galactic spray,
and irridescent swim away.

And like my fathers
I sail home
with lightness in my heart.

Copyright © 2003, J. D. Manning

by Johann Bayer

J. D. Manning fishes for stars on the Gulf of Mexico. He always tosses them back.

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