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‘Remoras’ by David Rodriguez

Remoras

 

Fierce burgundy shadows the

eye pressed to a narrow strip

by silver skin so vibrant it

 

pinches the brown iris into

daring, its fin a Dubai

island with more suction than

 

the labored breathing of my

letdown car, the design trans-

fixing, a toothless mouth not

 

for navy bean soup & shepherd’s

pie, but dream risk fulfillment.

It waits like the boy on a website

 

afraid of giving a fake birthday,

like the sweetheart standing by

the four square boxes holding

 

her books, like a mother caught

in the drum sanctum of parades

while her children score ice cream.

 

The akrasia of a hand, foot, fin,

or face raised to hail makos

because maybe, if we groom

 

the passing shark: a future

promotion, a baleful fleet,

the perp, the witness, the run-

 

away in me with gall like

the Echeneid can chance &

go without the option to blink.

 

 

David Rodriguez is a writer and teacher based in New Orleans with an MFA from Florida State University. He has previously been published in New Orleans Review, The Southeast Review and The Double Dealer Redux, among other places.

 

 

Image credit: Biodiversity Heritage Library

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