Size / / /

She found her

fishy skin under a false

bottom in his tool cabinet

in the garage, cleaning up

after the wake.

She ran her fingers over

the hard lozenges of scales

remembering when

they kept her

in the sea; the sensual

tingle of the lateral line

so unlike anything she felt

on land.

At last, now, she could go back,

she could

splash/vanish with only a ripple

but the children, and soon

there would be grandchildren

which a fish could never visit

except as dinner and she

folded up her skin and

patted it before she closed

the drawer again.




An aether compactor by trade, David Kopaska-Merkel began writing poetry after witnessing the Ascension of Tim. He won the Rhysling award for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. He has written 23 books, of which the latest is SETI Hits Paydirt  (Popcorn Press). Kopaska-Merkel has edited Dreams & Nightmares magazine since 1986.  You can reach him via email.
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