This fish is still gathering the smoke…

This fish is still gathering the smoke
left over from when the sea went back
to face some crackling beach grass

– side by side you too are warmed
by salt and standing naked
you can see a woman is striking a match

though when you are dead
the glaze on this dinner plate
will afterward heat your eyes

– they will never close, this fish
is looking for tears to fit in its mouth
tell you eat! bite into its eyes

though nothing will cool or be at home
where you keep the ashes warm
by collecting the bones and sand.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Reflection in a Glass Eye, published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, 2020. For more information, including free e-books and his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities”, please visit his website at http://www.simonperchik.com.

To view one of his interviews please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK774rtfx8

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1 Response to This fish is still gathering the smoke…

  1. L.K. Latham says:

    Image is burning into my eyes.

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