after Michael Farrell
this is the fish that plays dead on the neon gravel
falter feeder land grab to the under gravel filter
then this: Whiskers, java fern, Anubia sp.
If rhizome, then eternity. And sex is left on land
But, if roots and flowers, pollen swims. No doubt
our positivist overlords have prepared
some scientific explanation for the persistence
of aquaria. A problem of pure finger ( )
Paradigm A is sitting in a tree watching fish
Pardigm D is one of the fish only. Don’t forget
Paradigm Before and Paradigm Christ.
There! The bottomfeeder wakes and mosies on
past plastic plants and plecostomus. Will
( ) help when the filter either fails or never stops?
Lucas Smith is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Australian Studies. His writing has appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, The Lifted Brow, Australian Book Review, Cordite, Gargouille, Santa Clara Review and several others.