Halibut’s Eye and glass

Susan Richardson

 

Halibut’s Eye

 

sided-lop shift

optical drift

cross-skull nonplussing

 

fresh angle of crab

snatched curve of shrimp

squinter than simple switch

of gaze    astraying

to full eye-dentity change

 

now wowing

at the right-above

the two-times cod

the double sculpin

as I-socket halts

and ossifies

 

then itch of scales on the I-less side

a twitch down the unpatterned lateral line

at the think of what eye might

be missing

 

eye still remember

the upright swim

the lower jaw of the trawl net

that terroring

 

though caudal fin flicks

with its northing frame of mind

the greatest migration begins

with the riddle of assymetry

ends with a sinistral sense

that gravel and sand

are also blind

 

glass

 

through you

we can see

mudsuck  moontug

the bore’s gulp

and reach

thrust

of herons’ beaks

scrinch and hulch

of crustaceans

through you

we can see

for ribboned miles

and weeks

far back as

the stipple

of salt

and sargasso

we can see

your epney ebb

magnified

the managed tide

sluice gates pumps

bankside tumps

occupied

by crooked rods

and lines

dark estuarine

netscoop

through you

we can see

no could-have-been

no slip

upstream

no freshwater

fleshing

no riverself slither

from

elver

to

silver

 

Susan Richardson is a poet, performer and educator whose third collection of poetry, skindancing, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2015. She is currently poet-in-residence with both the Marine Conservation Society and the global animal welfare initiative, World Animal Day. Her fourth collection, themed around endangered marine species will be published in 2018. www.susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk

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