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Elegy for Marlin


ISSUE:  Summer 2012
      My godmother says

      always vigilant


      Named after a fish

      Moon shone clean


      lettering

      swept for a house


      a dog at my bone

      at my throat


      no fence         tree

      whose name was


      A young man

      early twenties


      hooked a sun

      in the sea


    drowned
      Last night I saw marlin

      in the yard


      marlin raking

      ginkgo leaves, bottles


      the earth

      Walking in the road


      wetness

      teeth         ivy


      in the front yard

      vigilance


      marlin     ash-slender

      javelin-spear


      fierce swimmer

      name was deliverance


    in air.

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