Shallow Pools

Three fish
backs leaden grey;
faces, bellies dead white.
fish eyes bulging sideways:
three fish flop their tails
in the bowl’s clear water
frothing from a plastic hose.

Four red bowls
encase fishy prisoners.
Eels weave through each other
around their bowl.
One huge octopus cramps
in his bowl while tiny octopi
in their bowl
tangle suckered tentacles.

In smaller bowls cluster baby clams,
crammed crabs writhe entwined legs.
Ragged edged slugs
lie rock still, submerged.

Sea shore dwellers lie trapped
in these bowls
on Korean city streets,
sold to city workers
who no longer gather
their dinner where
the sea laps at
pools it gouged
from ancient rocks.

Originally posted 18 December 2015.

Shallow Pools

4 thoughts on “Shallow Pools

  1. Have you been to Korea? Oh what I wish I could join you on this adventure. sorry it has taken so long for me to read your book. I bought it and then couldn’t get it downloaded on my ipod. Finally, I hounded my husband enough times he got it on there for me. I’m about 10 chapters in and I love it. He is a real manly man and I like that. Plus, a man in boots and a hat -sitting on a horse -it doesn’t get much better than that for me.

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    1. I have written lots of poems, some of them about South Korea, but no book. You must be thinking about someone else. I taught English here several years ago, and my poems are based on some of my experiences then.

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      1. You are absolutely right. I was thinking this was other of my fav blogger sites. I apologize as I recognize your site and hers often and didn’t look before posting.

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