by Susan Adams

Two tankers sit at the split between
sky and water,
our ankles are knit by rockpool eddies
and arms wrap the other as linen,
we are one cloth, bound.

Rock fishermen arrive, its time,
they throw lines from precipitous edges,
their rods cut arches against smashed foam
travelling the jag of the escarpment
in rapid explosions of birth.

Then shimmering silver, sparks
tossed from a fish desperate to live.
A trophy photo - and the fish tossed back in.

Neither of us can throw the other back in
our capes of scales dazzle still,
we are caught on the sharpest hook
of imagination, reeled in, pull free but jump
on the hook again.

We're stars gazing at our galaxy,
a blaze of globulus spray splashed across
the netted blackness of
sky’s own catch of silver.

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Susan Adams is an Australian poet published in Australia and Internationally. She has been read numerously on ABC Radio National

Last updated August 01, 2011