The Taste of Fish

Icy wind
bashing my face
and bleeding through my coat
heavy but wet

salt in my mouth
ocean water and blood
the line bites into my finger
thumb pressed into the slice
finger to mouth

the boat slows
line sings
a fish
a hook
the pliers
into the bucket

a bit of slime
and a bit more blood

i pour hot bitter black coffee
into a thin metal cup
it warms my hands
and burns my bleeding mouth

the fish bleeds from the mouth
i swallow the coffee and cast again

tonight, in my warm kitchen
that smells of hot grease
i have the taste
of fish in my mouth

and dream of the joys
of being
again on the water


About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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  1. Pingback: My Latest Chapbook (posted as a printable book, which makes it a little confusing to read) | Anthony Uplandpoet Watkins

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